Research

December 9, 2020

Cross Labs Senior Researcher Nicholas Guttenberg Co-Authors New Research in 'Nature'

Machine learning has been used for the first time to visualize the fossil record, highlighting how evolution and extinction have had long-term impacts across the past 600 million years.

In collaboration with The University of Essex, GoodAI, & ELSI

Cross Labs Senior Researcher Nicholas Guttenberg Co-Authors New Research in 'Nature'
Image above: colours represent the geological periods from the Tonian (yellow), to the current Quaternary Period (green). Image credit: J. Hoyal Cuthill and N. Guttenberg.
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Cross Labs Senior Researcher, Dr. Nicholas Guttenberg, in collaboration with lead author Dr Jennifer Hoyal Cuthill, from the University of Essex’s School of Life Sciences and Institute for Analytics and Data Science, has co-authored new research to visualize the fossil record using machine learning for the first time. Published in top journal Nature, "Impacts of speciation and extinction measured by an evolutionary decay clock" highlights how evolution and extinction have had long-term impacts across the past 600 million years.

Co-author Dr Nicholas Guttenberg, said: “The ecosystem is dynamic, you don’t necessarily have to chip an existing piece off to allow something new to appear.”