An award honoring a University of Reading scientist who discovered a fossil twice as old as the earliest dinosaurs has been been presented to its first recipient.
Tina Negus discovered the fern-shaped fossil, believed to be 560 million years old, while still a teenager in 1956.
She presented her rubbing of what is thought to be the earliest evidence of life to her school teacher, who dismissed it as impossible.
Ms Negus' contribution to the discovery was only recognised in 2004, after which she allowed the School of Biological Sciences to create a prize in her name.
The first award has been handed to University of Reading graduate Jake Brendish, 22, for his research on paravians - a group that links dinosaurs and modern birds.
On receiving the prize, Jake said: “It's great to know that someone who went unrecognised for such a major discovery is finally getting some measure of acknowledgement for their work."