Early tetrapods, upland rivers, North Anatolian Fault
4 September 2012
This week in the Planet Earth Podcast: what the first creatures to walk on land looked like; the connection between the biodiversity of upland rivers and the ecosystem services they provide; and in an audio diary from Turkey, a University of Leeds researcher on the North Anatolian Fault.
One of the pivotal moments in evolution is when the first creature emerged from the water and stepped onto land. It happened some 370 million years ago. But what did this creature look like and how would it actually have got around?
Richard Hollingham talks to evolutionary biomechanics expert, John Hutchinson from The Royal Veterinary College, and expert anatomist Stephanie Pierce from the University of Cambridge to find out.
In our latest audio diary, Hannah Bentham from the University Leeds tells us about research in Turkey where she's helping to install 63 new seismometers to understand more about the geology of the North Anatolian Fault.
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Finally, Isabelle Durance from Cardiff University talks to Richard about a project she's involved in which aims to understand the role of biodiversity in providing clean drinking water, drainage and other so-called ecosystem services.
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