Wear, tear and systematic repair: testing models of growth dynamics in conodonts with high-resolution imaging
The first paper of our PhD student Bryan Shirley has been published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The co-authors are Madleen Grohganz, whose BSc thesis has contributed important data to the paper, Michel Bestmann from the Structural Geology group of the GeoZentrum, and Emilia Jarochowska. The paper employs innovative imaging methods to resolve a long-standing debate on the growth mechanism of conodonts and shows that these early vertebrates had a larval phase which was characterised by a different mode of feeding than the adult form.
Read the paper: Wear, tear and systematic repair: testing models of growth dynamics in conodonts with high-resolution imaging