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The rise of dinosaurs in southern Africa

When: Thursday, 25 July 2019 - Thursday, 25 July 2019
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Senate Room, 2nd floor, Solomon Mahlangu House
Start time:17:30
Enquiries:

Michelle.Gallant@wits.c.za

The Faculty of Science hosts the inaugural lecture of Professor Jonah Choiniere from the Evolutionary Studies Institute.

Two hundred million years ago, a mass extinction event upheaved Earth’s ecosystems, causing the demise of nearly 75% of its species. Dinosaurs flourished in the wake of this event, becoming the dominant land-dwelling vertebrates for the next 135 million years. Southern Africa’s rich fossil deposits make it the best place in the world for studying this extinction and its aftermath. Choiniere will share the results of seven years of fieldwork and fossil study in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho, giving an emerging picture on the dawn of the dinosaur era.

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