THE SCIENTIST: Anatomical Firsts in Early Arthropods

  • David Legg

Press/Media: Research

Period1 Jun 2022

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  • TitleAnatomical Firsts in Early Arthropods
    Media name/outletThe Scientist
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    DescriptionWhen researchers working in southwestern China in the mid-2010s unearthed two fossil arthropods representing a single species that lived roughly 520 million years ago, David Legg was part of the team tasked with determining the animal’s phylogeny. Legg, a paleontologist at the University of Manchester in the UK, thought the fossils resembled a museum specimen he’d seen with similar features that suggested the newfound animal, which the researchers named Erratus sperare, might represent a missing link in the evolution of arthropod limbs.
    PersonsDavid Legg


  • palaeontology
  • fossils