Science Inspires Series Begins Semester With Jurassic Mammals and the Inner Ear

Posted on 1/22/2015 3:24:01 PM

MammalsThis spring’s Science Inspires lecture series will kick off with an exploration of newly discovered Jurassic mammals on February 5 at 3:30 p.m. The talk will be led by Shundong Bi of the Biology Department in 208 Weyandt Hall.  

The talk, entitled “Three New Jurassic Species From China: Origins and Evolution of Mammals” will delve into the implications of new evidence suggesting that allotherians are indeed mammals. This signifies that mammals originated at a much earlier point than previously suggested. Bi will also discuss how these Chinese fossils shed light on the mammalian inner ear.

Fossils such as these are Bi’s specialty. He has conducted fieldwork in Croatia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, and much of Asia and North America. He has discovered some of the earliest mammals and dinosaurs that comprise the fossil record. His discoveries have been featured in National Geographic and on CBS News, as well as the scientific journal Nature.

A reception will be held following the lecture in Breezedale.

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