Speaker: Professor John Long, Strategic Professor in Palaeontology, Flinders University of South Australia
Title: Assembling the human body plan – insights from spectacular early vertebrate fossils and cutting edge technologies
Speaker Biography: John Long’s research has focussed on the early evolution of vertebrates (fishes) as well as dinosaurs and general evolutionary theory. He has published over 200 scientific papers and general science articles, and some 28 books. He has named more than 70 new species of prehistoric creatures. His recent papers contributed to solving some of the biggest problems in palaeontology – what killed the Australian megafauna, how fish contributed to the origins of the first land animals, and on the origins of sex in vertebrates (6 of these were published in Nature).