Biological processes have large effects of estuaries and other coastal systems, but life has not always occurred on Earth. Much can be learned about biological effects by comparing ancient systems, accessible in outcrops, to the present day. Many Ediacaran biota were thought to live in offshore environments, but recent fieldwork suggests that these ancient life form also occurred in near-shore environment. This discovery largely impacts previously made interpretations of ancient coastal systems.
This video is part of the collection of videos made for the Bruningslecture of Utrecht University (bruningslecture.nl/).