The EAT PROJECT
In marine ecosystems, echinoids play an important role as a host or food source for other organisms, including crabs, snails, and vertebrates. In many cases, predators leave specific traces on echinoid tests making it potentially possible to identify predators and parasites using fossils.
The ecological importance of echinoids and their good preservation potential make them excellent model organisms for studying the evolutionary history of predator-prey and parasite-host interactions. This is one of the primary goals of the EAT-PROJECT.
The EAT-PROJECT is supported by the three-year grant provided by the Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology program of the National Science Foundation.