The origin of tetrapods is a topic that seems to grab headlines almost as frequently as feathered dinosaurs, or the fossil wonders that have been unearthed from the Burgess Shale and Chengjiang. At the centre of studies focusing on tetrapod origins in recent decades has been the Cambridge group headed by Jenny Clack. Jenny began work on early tetrapods under the tutelage of Dr Alec Panchen (Newcastle) who was a Ph.D. student in the Zoology Department in Cambridge in the mid-1950s, so the Cambridge connection is indeed strong. Jenny’s early work was on Carboniferous tetrapods, which were fairly regularly retrieved...

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