Micromelerpeton reconstruction with deformed digits

Client: Nadia Fröbisch at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin

Date: September 2014

Project Description: Press release figure created to accompany a paper detailing the fossil evidence of limb regeneration in a group of beautifully preserved fossils of Micromelerpeton. The findings are significant because they provide evidence that the ability to regenerate lost limbs is not a feature unique to salamanders (the only group capable of full regeneration alive today), but is a trait that existed deeper in our family tree and was lost in all organisms save salamanders. The paper, by Nadia B. Fröbisch, Constanze Bickelmann and Florian Witzmann, is titled "Early evolution of limb regeneration in tetrapods: evidence from a 300-million-year-old amphibian" and is published in the September 24, 2014 edition of Proceedings of the Royal Academy B. Open access article doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1550