Lecture 1 – Staring into the abyss

An introduction into fossils and how they can share the secrets of the past with Simon Conway Morris.

In this CHRISTMAS LECTURE, palaeontologist Conway Morris takes the audience through various skulls of animals from different eras and locations including the Tyrannosaurus rex, the sabre-toothed tiger and the horseshoe crab.

Later he demonstrates how the earth has slowed down, what it means, and how this is reflected in fossils.

Copyright

BBC

Year

1996

Lecturer

Simon Conway Morris

Duration

59:19

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