Cretaceous losers. Image courtesy Lapworth Museum of Geology
During Earth’s long history there have been times where life has dramatically diversified. These ‘big bangs’ have shaped the biodiversity of our planet today. This interactive workshop will explore the types of marine organisms that contributed to the Cambrian Explosion (~542 million years ago) and The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (~470 million years ago), the most substantial increase in biodiversity in the history of life on Earth, as well as explore some of the hypotheses put forward to explain these remarkable events.
This event is presented by the Lapworth Museum of Geology as part of Arts & Science Festival 2014, a week-long celebration of ideas, research and collaboration across campus. For details of the full programme, visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/artsandsciencefestival.