Lecture 2 – The fossils come alive

Fossils are used to show how animals from the past fed and moved.

Simon Conway Morris uses the woolly mammoth as an example of how we can use bones and ancient art to uncover the shape and look of an animal. He also explores how attempts to retrieve DNA from pre-historic frozen or amber encased organisms can present issues.

He also demonstrates with the aid of technology and a trombone how a species may have sounded.    

Topics

Natural world

Copyright

BBC

Year

1996

Lecturer

Simon Conway Morris

Duration

58:20

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