The give and take of biodiversity: Mass extinctions

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Presented by Associate Professor Mike Hannah

Lectures, talks and seminars

Blood from a stone: A fossil history of life, death and the mayhem in between

9 Jul 2019 6:30 pm to 9 Jul 2019 7:30 pm

Kamala's theatre, Wellington Zoo

Over the past 600 million years, the Earth has experienced a series of massive extinction events.

They’ve caused—amongst other things—the end of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, and the extinction of 95% of marine species 250 million years ago.

Palaeontologist Associate Professor Mike Hannah will explore these events, which have forever changed the course of life on Earth. He’ll ask questions like; how many mass extinctions have there been? How devastating were they? What triggered them? And are we living through one today?

For more information contact: Mike Hannah

Speaker Bios

Associate Professor Mike Hannah is a palaeontologist at Victoria University of Wellington. He uses tiny microfossils to both date sediments and to document ancient climates. He has a long-time interest in the patterns of evolution and diversity revealed in the fossil record and firmly believes that the fossil record contains important lessons about the future of life on earth.