Early Palaeozoic radiolarian evolution (2015–2019)
The project will apply a new transformative technology; X-ray micro computed tomography (3D micro-CT) to
the study of Early Palaeozoic (530-300 million year old) radiolarian microfossils. This will for the first time
allow non-destructive examination to elucidate the internal skeletal architecture of these fossils that is critical
to understanding their evolution. Computer reconstruction of 3D images will reveal details upon which an
understanding of early phylogenetic relationships within this phylum can be developed. This in turn will allow
realization of the full biostratigraphic potential of this important long-ranging group of marine protozoans that commonly occur in great abundance in deep marine sedimentary rocks.