Science in The Pub: The Science of Ancient Australia

The theme of Science in the Pub this month was The Science of Ancient Australia.

Two Environment Institute members discussed how their research has helped us understand the evolution of marsupials and the impact megafauna had on the ancient Australian environment.

Dr Kieren Mitchell, discussed the evolution of Australian marsupials after the separation of the Australian continental plate from Antarctica, and his work creating a genetic tree of their divergence from a single common ancestor.

Dr Frédérik Saltré spoke about his work studying Australian Megafauna, their impact on Australian vegetation and their consequent extinction which coincided with human arrival on the continent 50,000 years ago.

Congratulations to Frédérik and Kieren for their excellent talks and it’s clear the packed Rob Roy Hotel greatly enjoyed this casual, informative evening.

For more upcoming Science in the Pub events see scienceinthepubadelaide.org.au

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