The Ediacaran Period – Glimpses of the Earth’s Earliest Animals

The Ediacaran Period of Earth’s history lasted from 635 to 541 million years ago and represents an important and exciting step in the evolution of life on Earth. The Ediacaran is of great interest to scientists because it is the period during which life transitioned from microscopic single cells, too small to see with the naked eye, into large and complex multicellular organisms, similar to those that inhabit much of the world today.

The Ediacaran period was only officially accepted in 2004 and as such there are many big questions that are still being debated, such as what these organisms are most closely related to, and why they disappeared.

In her talk, Calla Carbone, Royal Tyrrell Museum technician, explores the new discoveries constantly being made, which allow us to piece together the morphologies and behaviours of these enigmatic creatures, and ultimately the earliest evolution of animals.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum’s Speaker Series talks are free and open to the public. For more information, visit


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