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7th Meeting of the 192nd Session (2012-2013)

Dr Nick Fraser
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Sea Dragons, Dinosaurs and the Origin of the Modern World

Dr Nick Fraser
Keeper of Natural Sciences
National Museums Scotland

In the Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
On Monday 22nd April 2013, at 7pm

The Age of Dinosaur began approximately 230 years ago in the Triassic period. But for many palaeontologists this period also marks the Birth of the Modern World since many of the major groups of living terrestrial animals first appeared at this time. The Triassic was therefore a strange melting pot of bizarre "Heath Robinson"-type animals and more conventional forms. This talk will explore this fascinating period in the history of life on earth. It will look at new finds from China that are further changing our perceptions of this crossroads in the evolution of terrestrial life.

Nick Fraser is Keeper of Natural Sciences at National Museums Scotland. Previously he was Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology and Director of Research and Collections at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Virginia and also a Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. He served as Chair of the Publications Committee of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology for several years and has acted as editor of a number of scientific journals including Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology and Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. He has written two books on Life in the Triassic and is the author of numerous scientific publications and popular articles on prehistoric life.

Location of meeting

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are served from about 6:40pm onwards before the meeting.

Members of the Public are welcome to attend

Dr Jane Ridder-Patrick, Secretary
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