The Australian Museum Palaeontology team have recently made some extraordinary discoveries spanning 520 million years of Earth’s history! In this exclusive talk, join Professor Kristofer M. Helgen, Chief Scientist and Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI), in conversation with Dr Patrick Smith from the AMRI Palaeontology department.
Delve into the work of Dr Matthew McCurry and Dr Tara Djokic examining a newly discovered 15-million-year-old fossil rainforest with plants preserved in amazing detail – potentially down to the level of individual cells. Find out how PhD student Lachlan Hart has generated 3D scans of 240-million-year-old giant salamanders-relatives discovered near Randwick, Sydney to better understand the evolution of modern amphibians. And finally, uncover the work of Dr Patrick Smith using 500-million-year-old fossils found near Alice Springs and Broken Hill to better understand the pace of evolution during one of the world's greatest biodiversification events, the Cambrian Explosion.