Extinctions and the Stratigraphical Record: is the past key to the present?

14 October, 12:00 – 15:00 UTC
Free online event

Join a lively group of experts present evidence for mass extinctions in the geological record and share thoughts on the future of humanity.

This event comprises six unique talks and a one hour discussion given by global extinction experts. The event will focus on decrypting the great extinctions, key similarities and patterns that could possibly inform us about what Earth has instore for us.

Program of presenters:

David A.T. Harper

Introduction to the International Chronostratigraphic Chart (IUGS): a framework for the recognition and understanding of mass extinctions.

Michael J. Benton (Chair)

The significance of mass extinctions in the history of life.

Junxuan Fan

AI algorithms and supercomputer searches of stratigraphic records for Earth’s hidden extinctions.

Cameron Penn-Clarke

Recognition of high-latitude extinctions during the Devonian crises: challenges and future perspectives.

Zhen Xu

Vegetation collapse and recovery through the greatest mass extinction crisis of all time.

Melanie During

A spring-time apocalypse at the KPg boundary.

Eline Lorenzen

The rise and decline of the Pleistocene megafauna.

Danielle Schmidt

Palaeontology’s contribution to understanding biodiversity loss and climate change impacts.


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