The group was able to reveal in greater detail than ever the exact date of the appearance of the animals and their rate of evolution through the identification, cataloging and sampling of volcanic ash associated with the fossils.
Dr Jack Matthews of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, who led the study, said the oldest fossils at Mistaken Point are at least 574 million years old.
This, Matthews says, seals Newfoundland’s position as a major place in the world to study the appearance and rise of animals during the Ediacaran period.
Great news for Newfoundland and Labrador, as our new document seals the position of the provinces as the preferred location for studying the appearance and rise of animals.
Find out more in the @MemorialU Gazette: https: //t.co/D0dEoRpIdz pic.twitter.com/MaDE6yvBxa
– Dr Jack J Matthews (@jackjmatthews) July 31, 2020