​​​​​​​First Animals: How did they move?

Were the first animals above to move? When did they learn to move? Why did they move? How did they move? Did they have legs? Prof. Xiao at Virginia Tech will explore some of these questions using the Ediacaran-Cambrian fossil record, with a focus on his recent work on the Shibantan Lagerstätte, in collaboration with his colleagues from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology.  

Prof. Xiao is Professor of Geobiology in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Peking University and his PhD from Harvard University. He integrates paleobiological, sedimentological, stratigraphic, and geochemical data to answer questions about Precambrian paleobiology and paleoenvironments.

Our online lecture series features researchers presenting a range of topics in natural history. Beginners and experts are welcome, and while the talks may not be suitable for young children, they are appropriate for adults and young people. Our online lectures are presented live, and you will have opportunities to interact with other attendees and ask questions to our expert speakers.