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