FREE ONLINE EVENING LECTURE
The why, what, when and how of the first animal skeletons
Continuing our talk series, this lecture by Dr Duncan Murdock will discuss the first animals to build skeletons, and what they did with them. Half a billion years ago a bewildering array of animals evolved, bristling with shells, teeth and spines during a Cambrian explosion of skeletons. Dr Murdock will explain the what, when and how of when life got hard for animals, changing the world forever, and discuss the why of what caused this remarkable evolutionary event.
If you would like an introduction to the topic before this live talk, find out more about the First Animals' skeletons in this related video: When did animals first evolve skeletons?
Dr Duncan Murdock is a Research Fellow at Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Dr Murdock’s research is focused on using the fossil record to understand the early evolution of skeletons in animals. He uses high magnification electron microscopes and 3D X-ray imaging to study microscopic skeletal elements and determine the environmental and developmental drivers of biomineralisation in animals.
Our online lecture series features researchers presenting a range of topics in natural history. Beginners and experts are welcome, and while the talks may not be suitable for young children, they are appropriate for adults and young people. Our online lectures are presented live, and you will have opportunities to interact with other attendees and ask questions to our expert speakers.
Dr Duncan Murdock
Museum Research Fellow, Oxford University Museum of Natural History