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Down but not out! Ancient life from emergent Zealandia

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ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary

53 Waiapu Road

Wellington, Wellington 6012

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Join Liz Kennedy and explore Te Riu-a-Māui / Zealandia’s fossil record over the last 80 million years. Take a look at some of the fascinating fossils found in New Zealand, what the fossil record can tell us, and some of the key events that have affected Zealandia’s unique flora and fauna over that time.

Dr Liz Kennedy is a paleontologist at GNS Science. She studies the plant fossil record to discover what it can tell us about past land environments of Te Riu-a-Māui / Zealandia, focussing on what plants reveal about the climate when they were growing. She has worked on New Zealand plant fossil assemblages from the Jurassic to the Pleistocene and has a particular interest in leaf fossils preserved around significant events such as the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary 66 million years ago, and during the warm climates of the early Eocene 50 million years ago.

This lecture is part of the series Blood from a stone: A fossil history of life, death and the mayhem in between by Victoria University of Wellington and GNS Science.

Other events in this series include:

  • Running hot and cold: climate change over the last few million years with Dr Joe Prebble on Tuesday 24 September
  • International Fossil Day field trip: Discover the fossils of the Wellington region with a field trip in October
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