The Ediacara Biota and its Role in the Evolution of the Modern World: an Update of Recent Major Advances.

Series Name Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society
Speaker Dr Phil Wilby - Team Leader Palaeontology British Geological Survey
Type Lectures & Talks
When 07 Jan 2019, 07:30PM - 08:30PM
Venue New Walk Museum
Open To Public
Ticket Price No tickets are required. Visitors are welcome £5 and students £1.
For Bookings Contact No booking is required

Dr Wilby, a palaeobiologist with particular expertise in taphonomy and sedimentary geochemistry, will talk about the late Ediacaran period (about 580 - 541 million years ago) which was transformative in the evolution of the Earth-like system. At this time there were dramatic changes in the compositions of the oceans and atmosphere and the emergence of large organisms and the development of the first complex ecosystems. The nature of these organisms and their relationship to animals is contentious. Following new finds of fossils in the Ediacara strata of Charnwood Forest, Dr Wilby will reveal up to date knowledge of these organisms.
Phil Wilby led the team who re-excavated a famous fossil site near Chippenham which was first discovered during railway construction in the 1840's and is the source of important Jurassic fish and cephalopods. He also has extensive field experience, particularly in Wales, focusing on the architecture of turbidite systems and the distribution of Quaternary deposits.
This is a joint lecture with the Geology Section of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society.

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