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18:00 - 19:00 20 October 2014

At the feet of the dinosaurs

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Haldane Room | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Prof Susan Evans, Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL

This talk discusses the reptile group Lepidosauria which encompasses two very unequal groups. Squamata (lizards and snakes) has more than 9000 living species, a near global istribution, and displays a wide range of sizes, diets, body forms, locomotor patterns and reproductive strategies. In contrast, Rhynchocephalia is today represented by a single genus, Sphenodon, the New Zealand Tuatara. This disparity has led to the Tuatara being termed a 'Living Fossil', 'unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs'. However, consideration of the fossil history, biology, and functional anatomy of these groups reveals a more complex - and more interesting - story that we are only now beginning to unravel.


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Mark Huckvale
m.huckvale@ucl.ac.uk


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