a palaeontologist's perspective.

Dr Adam Smith

Tuesday, November 5 2013 at 7:30PM

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Dr Adam Smith

What's the talk about?

The Mesozoic Era was the age of the reptiles. While dinosaurs dominated the land a spectacular variety of aquatic reptiles ruled the ocean. Perhaps the most unusual of all were the plesiosaurs. Many questions have been raised surrounding these mysterious animals. Why did they have such long necks? What did they eat? How did they swim and reproduce? How did they become extinct? And how do we know? All these questions will be explored.

Or, perhaps plesiosaurs aren't extinct at all. Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster? We'll approach the living plesiosaur hypothesis from a palaeontological perspective, to assess how our understanding of plesiosaur anatomy, evolution and behaviour, has a bearing on the case.

Dr Adam Smith is a palaeontologist and curator at the Nottingham Natural History Museum, Wollaton Hall. He has degrees in palaeobiology from the Universities of Portsmouth and Bristol, and a PhD in palaeontology from University College Dublin. His research specialism is plesiosaurs and other fossil marine reptiles and he has named several new species.

He also runs the The Plesiosaur Directory (http://plesiosauria.com/) and the Dinosaur Toy Blog (http://www.dinotoyblog.com/)"