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Paleontology prof talks about ancient landscapes

The West Coast Fossil Park invites the public to attend an interesting and insightful evening talk which will be hosted by Professor Roger Smith on Wednesday 6 March.

The talk will be held at the fossil park which is located near Langebaanweg on the R45.

Professor Smith was born in Cambridge, England and came to South Africa in 1976 after graduating in geology and zoology from Manchester University.

He joined the South African Museum in 1983 and gained his doctorate through the University of Cape Town in 1990.

Professor Smith was the curator of Karoo Paleontology up until retirement in 2016.

Currently he is Distinguished Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand and has been awarded an A-rating by the South African National Research Foundation.

He is working on several projects under the general title of “Palaeoecology of Gondwana”.

Professor Smith’s research is field-based and integrates palaeontological and sedimentological data into palaeoenvironmental reconstructions of ancient landscapes – especially concerning the dramatic changes that took place in the Karoo Basin during the End-Permian mass extinction event.

Over the past 15 years Professor Smith has participated in several collaborative research expeditions to Eritrea, Niger, Lesotho, Namibia, Madagascar, Antarctica, Zambia and Tanzania. The work has been mostly funded by the American National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

These studies are ongoing with field projects in Tanzania, Zambia, Argentina, Brazil and Antarctica currently in progress.

The talk will begin at 18:00 and the entry fee is R45.

. For more information and to book your place contact Wendy Wentzel at 022 766 1606 or email her at edu@fossilpark.org.za.

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