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Published: 5 Mar 2012

Hundreds of fossils discovered in Scotland may show which creatures crawled out of the water to populate the land after a mass extinction 359 million years ago, according to research that also resets the timeline for animals with fingers and toes.

Hundreds of fossils discovered in Scotland may show which creatures crawled out of the water to populate the land after a mass extinction 359 million years ago, according to research that also resets the timeline for animals with fingers and toes.

The fossils are from a mysterious 30-million-year blank in the record known as Romer’s Gap, named for Alfred Romer, the paleontologist who first recognized it, according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“This is a great opportunity to see a block of time that was sort of blacked out for us because of volcanic activity,” said Bob Carroll, a paleontologist at Redpath Museum at McGill University in Montreal, in a telephone interview. “On the sea to the land, we have, in a way, a better window.”

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