Palaeo Discussion Group - Dr. Ben Moon, University of Bristol - Title: Swimming with fish lizards: past, present, and future
Dr. Ben Moon, University of Bristol
Room G25, Reynolds Lecture Theatre, School of Earth Sciences, Wills Memorial Building
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ben Moon from the University of Bristol who will be leading the Palaeo Discussion Group.
Title: Swimming with fish lizards: past, present, and future
With over 200 years of recognition and study, ichthyosaurs should be done by now. Yet this has perhaps been an issue: a long history of study leading to a false perception of more complete knowledge than we have. The recent surge in research – begun in the 1970s by Chris McGowan, and continuing – has increased our knowledge of ichthyosaur diversity and evolution through increased taxonomic work and numerous phylogenetic studies. Building on this state-of-the-art requires let, yet higher resolution insights into phylogenetic histories of ichthyosaurs; detailed three-dimensional anatomical and functional work; and an appreciation of evolutionary and ecological interrelationships of the whole Mesozoic marine ecosystem. Here, I present a snapshot of the state-of-the-art and the directions in which I would like to progress both within ichthyosaurology and the wider field.
All staff and students welcome.