Lectures are open to all and there is no charge for admission. However regular attendees are expected to be members of the society.

7:45pm for 8:00pm

Sorby Room, Wager Building, (formerly Geoscience),
The University of Reading,
Whiteknights, Reading.
Use Car Park 8


Monday 5 February 2018

Recovery of life from the Permian mass extinction

Prof Michael Benton, University of Bristol

The aftermath of the great end-Permian mass extinction, 252 million years ago, shows how life can recover from the loss of >90% species globally. The initial causes of the catastrophe continued to devastate Early Triassic environments and slowed the biotic recovery. Huge attention is currently focused on the exceptional Permo-Triassic rock successions in China, which document the recovery step-by-step. In addition, novel phylogenetic-macroevolutionary methods are being applied to this greatest-of-all ‘adaptive radiations’. How did the successful post-extinction clades respond to the opportunity, and build up the fundamentals of modern ecosystems?

Michael Benton FRS is a British palaeontologist, Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Head of School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol. His published work has mostly concentrated on the evolution of Triassic reptiles but he has also worked on extinction events and faunal changes in the fossil record.

Programme 2018

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