Dr. Fran­cois Ther­rien ex­plores the most fa­mous ex­tinc­tion event in Earth’s his­tory

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The March 10 ses­sion of the 2016 Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries is a pre­sen­ta­tion by the Mu­seum’s own Dr. François Ther­rien, Cu­ra­tor of Di­nosaur Palaeoe­col­ogy, en­ti­tled “The Cre­ta­ceous-Palaeo­gene Mass Ex­tinc­tion: What Do We Re­ally Know?”

The Cre­ta­ceous-Palaeo­gene (K-Pg) mass ex­tinc­tion is one of the most fa­mous ex­tinc­tion events in Earth’s his­tory, most no­tably as it marked the end of the Age of Di­nosaurs ap­prox­i­mately 66 mil­lion years ago. Al­though it is widely known that di­nosaurs were wiped out dur­ing this event, many other types of an­i­mals also went ex­tinct at the same time, both in the oceans and on land, re­sult­ing in the dis­ap­pear­ance of nearly seven­ty­five per­cent of all species on Earth. De­spite fre­quent claims of “ground-break­ing dis­cov­er­ies,” the ex­act de­tails of the K-Pg mass ex­tinc­tion re­main shrouded in mys­tery. On­go­ing re­search by palaeon­tol­o­gists and Earth sci­en­tists aims to elu­ci­date how rapidly species went ex­tinct, the rea­son(s) why some species dis­ap­peared while oth­ers sur­vived, and what was/were the cause(s) of the mass ex­tinc­tion event.

In his talk, Dr. Ther­rien will present an overview of the cur­rent state of knowl­edge about the K-Pg mass ex­tinc­tion and at­tempt to an­swer the ques­tion: “What killed the di­nosaurs?”

The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries talks are free and open to the pub­lic. The se­ries is held ev­ery Thurs­day un­til April 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mu­seum au­di­to­rium. Past pre­sen­ta­tions are also avail­able on the Mu­seum’s YouTube chan­nel: youtube.com/user/Roy­alTyrrel­lMu­seum. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit tyrrell­mu­seum.com.

Dr. François Ther­rien, cu­ra­tor of Di­nosaur Palaeoe­col­ogy is fea­tured this week at Speaker Se­ries de­liv­er­ing a talk called, “The Cre­ta­ceousPalaeo­gene Mass Ex­tinc­tion: What Do We Re­ally Know?”

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