Virtual Field Trip with Dr. Emily Bamforth

Date(s) - 12/05/2022
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

What Tiny Fossils Tell Us About a Giant Extinction

Join our very own Dr. Emily Bamforth is doing a virtual “field trip” on May 12th at 3pm with Nova Education on PBS – register now for “What Tiny Fossils Tell Us About a Giant Extinction.”

Was the meteor impact to blame for the dinosaur mass extinction, or was there already an extinction going on? And why did this meteor impact cause an extinction when others in Earth’s history didn’t? These are questions that paleontologists have been trying to answer for decades. Dr. Emily Bamforth’s research from studying over 12,000 microvertebrate (very small) fossils from the Late Cretaceous suggests that the ecosystem just before the mass extinction was unstable due to environmental factors like long-term climate change, mass volcanism, and more. When the meteor impact occurred, the ecosystems collapsed entirely, just like a Jenga Tower would if too many blocks had already been pulled out. Join Dr. Bamforth, curator at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum as we explore this ecological Jenga Tower that changed our world and how it can help us understand the impact of climate change in today’s Sixth Mass Extinction.

To learn more about the day the dinosaurs died, watch NOVA “Dinosaur Apocalypse,” a two-hour special premiering at 9/8c on Wednesday, May 11 on PBS.


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