Geobiology/EHAP Seminars

These seminars hosted jointly by OEB and EPS bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines that are interested in the relationship between Earth’s chemical evolution and the history of life on it.
2019 May 02

Geobiology Seminar

2:00pm

Location: 

Haller Hall (Geological Museum 102)

Melanie Hopkins
Assistant Curator, AMNH, Invertebrate Paleontology, Division of Paleontology 
Assistant Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

2019 Apr 25

Geobiology Seminar

2:00pm

Location: 

Haller Hall (Geological Museum 102)

Xinning Zhang
Assistant Professor
Princeton University, Dept of Geosciences

2017 Dec 01

Paleobiology Seminar

11:30am

Location: 

Haller Hall (Geological Museum 102)

 

What were the Ediacaran biota? Growth, morphology and phylogeny

Jennifer F. Hoyal Cuthill1,2

1Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan.
2Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Discoveries of Precambrian macro-fossils (over 541 million years old) stand among the most remarkable achievements in twentieth century palaeontology. However, the ‘Ediacaran biota’ have proved difficult to relate to living groups, due to their unusual morphology and strange modes of fossilisation. This talk will give an overview of the enigmatic biota from the Ediacaran period and describe recent quantitative analyses of their growth, functional morphology and phylogeny. These new models reveal close links between Ediacaran macro-fossils and the more familiar animals and ecology of the Cambrian period.

 

The EHAP/Geobiology Seminar Series is jointly hosted by OEB and EPS.

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