A rare chance to join renowned palaeontologists Richard Fortey, Paul Barrett and Chris Stringer to learn about the history of life on earth
Join us for a rare opportunity to hear from three leading palaeontologists from the Natural History Museum as they reveal some of the great scientific discoveries of the last few decades.
This thought-provoking masterclass will examine how life has both shaped, and been shaped by the earth’s environments. The experts will talk you through new research that has changed the way many people now think about evolution, from how dinosaurs became extinct to the most important environmental issues facing the human population today.
You’ll also learn more about the scientific methods used to study fossils, and how the experts plan and execute their research within the Natural History Museum.
Areas of learning
- Richard Fortey will talk about the extraordinary creatures that first populated the seas of an early earth and determined the course of biological history.
- Paul Barrett will reveal new discoveries that are challenging our understanding of how dinosaurs dominated the land for tens of millions of years and how to explain their extinction.
- Chris Stringer will explore how unexpected advances in scientific methods are helping to rewrite the story of human evolution.
More about your tutors
Richard Fortey is a palaeontologist, science writer and television presenter. He is an authority on trilobites. In recognition of his wider science communication he was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize of The Royal Society and the Lewis Thomas Prize from Rockefeller University. He presented a three-part series on BBC4 called Fossil Wonderlands in 2013.
Paul Barrett is the Natural History’s expert on dinosaurs. He has travelled widely, and collaborated with Chinese palaeontologists. He is president of The Palaeontographical Society.
Chris Stringer is a British anthropologist and researcher at the Natural History. He is a leading expert on human evolution, as well as a fellow of The Royal Society. His research has focused on the last 500,000 years of human evolution, especially the origins of Neanderthals and modern humans. His books include The Origin of Our Species and Homo Britannicus: The Incredible Story of Human Life in Britain.
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