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Online Talk: The Elgin Reptiles

5 September @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

- Free
The Triassic was a critical time for the evolution of life on Earth. This period witnessed the first appearance of some of the most successful animals that ever lived, including lizards, dinosaurs, turtles and crocodilians, the descendants of which are still important components of today’s terrestrial ecosystems. Well-preserved fossils of the most primitive members of these groups are rare, so the early evolution of these groups are still matters of debate.
Scotland boast an exceptional and yet poorly understood fossil record of Permian-Triassic fossils, collectively called ‘Elgin reptiles’, that could help fill these gaps. In the past few years, the NMS has led a series of ongoing projects studying the ‘Elgin reptiles’ using modern X-ray CT scanning technology. This work has revealed never-seen details of the skeletons of these animals, new clues about their in-life aspect behaviour and their positions in the reptile family tree.
The ‘Elgin reptile’ fauna offers a unique window on the early evolution of the modern fauna, and a glimpse of the ecosystems that inhabited Scotland over 230 million years ago.

Free, booking required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-elgin-reptiles-tickets-409316014217

The Elgin Museum has copies of the The Elgin Reptiles booklet for sale. The booklet was first written in 1977, and has recently been updated by the Geology Group in conjunction with the original author, Professor Mike Benton from the University of Bristol. The A4 version is £10 and the A5 booklet is £5, plus P+P. The Museum can take orders and process them by email. Visit here for more info.


Suitable for adults and young peopleLevel of prior knowledge - intermediateLocation - onlineSubject Area - Sedimentary RocksSubject Area - Fossils


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5 September
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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Earth Systems at National Museums Scotland
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Date:
5 September
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
Event Tags:
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Website:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-elgin-reptiles-tickets-409316014217

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Earth Systems at National Museums Scotland
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