Why you should always heed developmental biologists over paleontologists

At least, that’s the message I take away from this video about the evolution of turtles.

OK, OK, it turns out they’re both complementary sources of information. And you also need genomics.


  1. John Harshman says

    Interesting, but it completely ignores the work of Olivier Rieppel. Also, the connection of turtles to archosaurs is much better resolved by the molecular data than she suggests, which would probably remove Eunotosaurus from a close relationship, assuming it’s a Sauropterygian like it’s generally claimed to be. Still, a good story.