It’s said we live in the ‘age of mammals’, but in her exciting new book, Beasts Before Us, Dr Elsa Panciroli reveals that this is not strictly true. The real origin story of our furry, milk-giving lineage is longer and more extraordinary than anyone ever thought. In this event Dr Panciroli will talk about her book, and the sites across Scotland that have helped reveal the untold story of mammal evolution. From the first backboned animals to walk on land in the Scottish Borders, she’ll take you to the sand dunes of ancient Dumfries and Elgin, where mammal-predecessors left their footprints behind. She’ll introduce you to the tiny mouse-like creatures she studies from the Jurassic rocks on Skye, and demonstrate what new technology can reveal about the evolution of fur, milk production, and warm-bloodedness.
Speaker bio: Dr Elsa Panciroli is a Scottish palaeontologist who studies the evolution of extinct animals – particularly mammals from the time of dinosaurs. She is a researcher based at the University of Oxford, and associate researcher at National Museums Scotland. Elsa’s work takes her around the world to collaborate with scientists in China, the US, South Africa and Europe to understand the origin of major animal groups. She is a keen science communicator delivering public talks on palaeontology and the origin of mammals. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Scotsman, BBC Science Focus, and Biological Sciences Review. She is a graduate of the BBC’s Expert Woman training programme, and frequently contributes to radio and podcast programmes, such as Crowdscience, The John Beatty Show and Our Lives.
Beasts Before Us is available direct from the publishers Bloomsbury at 20% off rrp – use the code BEASTS20 at www.bloomsbury.com/beastsbeforeus.
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