ONLINE EVENT – The Great South Australian Fossil Debate with Associate Professor Diego Garcia-Bellido

South Australia is home to a rich fossil heritage, from the earliest big life found anywhere in the world, to the giant wombats and kangaroos that roamed the Adelaide Plains… From the extraordinary predators of the Cambrian oceans, to the plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs that swam in the Eromanga Sea. But which of them is the most significant? What time period in the history of life represented in the South Australian fossil record is the most awesome? And why?

Date: Sunday August 23, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ACST
Register: Eventbrite

To view the event Live, simply follow Dinosaur University on Facebook, and head to the page just before the start time. You will also be sent instructions on how to view the event LIVE via YouTube, a few days beforehand.

By registering for this free on-line event, you go into the draw to win a perosnal palaeo consult and chat with Dinosaur University Dean of Science Professor Flint, and some awesome fossil gifts from the Prof’s personal fossil collection.

The Great South Australian Fossil Debate is a FREE on-line event, broadcast live on August 23rd at 4pm through Dinosaur University, in which four South Australian palaeontologists argue in favour of a particular time period.

Each palaeontologist will be given seven minutes to make their points, which will then be followed by a panel discussion amongst all four, moderated by world-renowned palaeontologist , and Dinosaur University Dean of Science, Professor Flint. During the event, Prof Flint will take to the stage with several performers from Adelaide Youth Theatre, to sing and tell a story about each of the four time periods.

The four speakers are:

Ediacaran: Dr Felicity Coutts, School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide

Early Cambrian: Associate Professor Diego Garcia-Bellido, University of Adelaide, SA Museum, Environment Institute.

Cretaceous: Professor Mike Lee, Flinders University, SA Museum

Pleistocene: Diana Fusco, Flinders University

Members of the public will be encouraged to participate in the conversation, through Dinosaur University, and through various other social media forums, in the lead up to the debate, and in its aftermath. They will also have the opportunity to have their comments included in the live broadcast.

The Great South Australian Fossil Debate is brought to you by the South Australian National Science Week organising committee and Inspiring South Australia . It is is proudly supported by Dinosaur University, HeapsGood Productions, Dinosaurs Down Under, Flinders University Palaeontology Society, and the University of Adelaide Palaeontologists.

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