The Rhynie Chert – our earliest terrestrial ecosystem revisited


The Royal Society, London, SW1Y 5AG

Start Date:

Monday 6th March


Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Dianne Edwards CBE FRS, Professor Liam Dolan FRS and Dr Paul Kenrick

New discoveries in the fields of developmental and functional biology are shedding light on the origins of land plants. We explore how exceptional fossils from our earliest preserved terrestrial ecosystem – the 400 million year old Rhynie Chert – can be integrated into a neobiological understanding of the evolution of plants and their interactions with other organisms and their environment.

The schedule of talks and organiser/speaker biographies are available below. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting date.

Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will also be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions B.

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