In this talk, the lack of structure that I mentioned earlier is very apparent, as we go through three not-directly-related topics. First, we will look at two select examples of vertebrates that underwent spectacular changes in the Tertiary. Second, we will look at the Ice Ages. Third, we will look at what will happen if [...]
This talk will take us through the origin and initial diversifications of animal life. It will be chronological, from the latest Neoproterozoic to the end of the Palaeozoic. Wikipedia has a timeline for you to orient yourself. One theme that will be very prominent throughout is that of Konservat Lagerstätten, or sites of exceptional fossil [...]
The History of Life on Earth: The Origin of Modern Biodiversity – Coevolution of Flowers and Insects
This talk is split into two major parts: the first will look at the general fossil record of insects, and the second will introduce the flowering plants and their interactions with insects. Due to the constructive feedback received in the first two days of talks, I decided to do last-minute changes to the talk (applies [...]
This talk is not so much a step-by-step walk through the origin of life – such a talk is impossible, at least for the time being. Instead, this is a guide to how we think about the origin of life scientifically, in order to establish a rigid framework in which this topic can be examined. [...]
Due to the inherent time constraints of having to compress what is usually a semester's worth of knowledge into 4.5 hours, we will now move away from the oceans permanently and look at the rest of the history of life on Earth from only a terrestrial perspective. To do that, we have to first examine [...]
We will now look at the aftermath of the P-T Extinction on terrestrial vertebrate life, in other words look at what the vertebrates of the Mesozoic were like. The most famous representatives are, of course, the dinosaurs, so we will look at their origins and what vertebrates they were coexisting with. A short look at [...]
This is the text of a talk on natural selection I gave at the University of Nicosia on February 14th 2012, on behalf of Cyprus Freethinkers and the University of Nicosia’s Human Biology Society. All pictures with a © are CC-licensed, and I am providing links to where I got them from. If you are [...]
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