Op 16 December 2020 van 20.00 tot 21.15 uur zal alweer de derde en afsluitende lezing plaatsvinden van de Autumn Paleo Lecture Series. Deze Engelstalige lezing zal gegeven worden door gerenommeerd paleontoloog Prof. dr. Phil Manning met het onderwerp: ‘Dinosaur fossils and particle accelerators’.
Deze lezing is alleen voor leden van de Paleobiologische Kring. Ben je nog geen lid, maar wil je wel graag de lezing bijwonen? Ga dan naar het kopje Lid Worden en vul het Google Formulier voor lidmaatschap in. De lezing zal via online meeting platform Zoom worden gehouden, waarbij inschrijven verplicht is via onderstaand Google Formulier. Voor meer informatie over de lezing zie hieronder het programma en een abstract van de lezing.
Het programma van de avond zal als volgt verlopen:
20h00 Welkomstwoord Paleobiologische Kring
20h05 Lezing Prof. dr. Phil Manning: ‘Dinosaur fossils and particle accelerators’.
21h05 Q & A
21h15 Afsluiting lezingenavond
Abstract – Prof. dr. Phil Manning – ‘Dinosaur fossils and particle accelerators’:
Fossils have captivated the eyes and hearts of both academics and non-academics for thousands of years. Possibly the first to appreciate the beauty of fossils were neolithic communities who placed Late Cretaceous irregular sea urchins (Micraster) within their burial grave goods. The ancient Greeks, Romans and many other past civilisations have also taken note of the remarkably preserved remains of ancient life that litter the Earth. Recognition of what these objects represented evolved in 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries as fossils became more than just natural curios, being placed into new frameworks that permitted their classification. This led to a better understanding of their biology and evolutionary significance. Now as we have moved into the 21st Century we can look at the remains of ancient life under new light…which in some cases is ten billion times brighter than the Sun. The advent of advanced imaging technology that uses the power of particle accelerators (synchrotrons) is driving a new revolution that has opened-up the world of ‘chemical fossils’. While many thought long studied prehistoric remains were spent of their secrets, they were wrong. These techniques are breathing new life into some very old bones, but also into the very science that studies ancient life. This lecture will explore the illuminating steps taken to shine new light on very old bones, but also explain how such work impacts us today, but even possibly the future of our planet.