Lecture 3 – The great dyings: Life after death

What happened to the dinosaurs and other extinct groups of animals? Why do they no longer exist? Simon Conway Morris presents theories on what happened to them, and how life developed afterwards.

In this CHRISTMAS LECTURE, palaeontologist Conway Morris explains how a meteorite caused the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia and its aftermath. He goes on to demonstrate what would happen if a meteorite hit London or the Atlantic Ocean.

Through fossils, bones and demonstrations he explains how a meteorite crashing to earth caused the extinction of dinosaurs, leading the way for modern-day mammals.

Topics

Natural world

Copyright

BBC

Year

1996

Lecturer

Simon Conway Morris

Duration

59:22

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