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The Giants of Palaeontology

Dr Erich Fitzgerald and Dr Tom Rich, Senior Curators of Vertebrate Palaeontology at Museums Victoria, will talk about the biggest animals that ever lived, and the biggest list of volunteers on a dinosaur dig!

When: Sunday, August 19 2018. 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Where: Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, VIC, 3053
Topic: Environment and nature
Cost: Free with Museum entry - $15 Adults; Free Child & Concession
Bookings: 03 8341 7777
Other: Wheelchair access
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In this special talk for National Science Week, Dr Erich Fitzgerald and Dr Tom Rich, Senior Curators of Vertebrate Palaeontology at Museum Victoria each talk about significant palaeontological discoveries from Victoria.

Ultimate Animal: the extraordinary evolution of whales

Dr Erich Fitzgerald

Whales. The largest known animals in the known universe – ever. How these mammals of extremes evolved from humble land-living ancestors to rulers of the waves is one of the greatest marvels and mysteries of evolution. Now startling fossil discoveries in Victoria are writing a new chapter in the whale’s tale, revealing a lost world with lessons for the future of whales and our planet.

Dr Tom Rich

Museums Victoria has the most diverse collection of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals that lived within either the Antarctic or Arctic Circles of their time. This is owing to the tireless efforts by over 700 people who participated in the collecting of these fossils on the coast of Victoria during the past four decades. As a result of their efforts, five new dinosaur species have been named and another half-dozen recognised. Hear about these amazing Victorian dinosaurs, and the evidence which suggests that new discoveries are awaiting unearthing by a future generation of enthusiasts!

Contact details:

Emma Victoria
Museums Victoria
Phone: 03 8341 7777

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