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Wells Annual Lecture 2019 

2018 Inaugral Wells Lecture Series Presentation

From left: Professor Gavin Prideaux, Professor Rod Wells, FUPS President 2018 Kailah Thorn

Well Annual Lecture 2019


The second Wells Annual Lecture will be held on the 18th of October 2019. Our guest presenter for the event is Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, a palaeobiologist in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town. Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is the world’s leading expert in the microscopic analysis of fossil bone, with over 100 publications, including papers in the prestigious science journal Nature and several prize-winning popular and scientific books. A former President of the Association of South African Women in Science and Engineering and Deputy President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, Professor Chinsamy-Turan has received many awards for her research and for promoting science. These include South African Woman of the Year, the South African Distinguished Women Scientist Award, and the World Academy of Science Sub-Saharan Prize for the Popularisation of Science.

Talk Title:

How the Microscopic Structure of Bone Reveals the Biology of Extinct Animals

Talk Abstract:

Experimental studies of modern vertebrates show that bone tissue is highly responsive to its environment. A bone’s microstructure may be influenced by many factors, such as the rate at which it forms, its biomechanical role within the skeleton, an individual’s age, and disease. The microanatomy of bone can be preserved in fossilised remains for hundreds of millions of years, allowing us to learn about aspects of the biology of extinct species that would otherwise never be knowable. This talk will explain how Professor Chinsamy-Turan’s research has advanced our understanding of the evolution, adaptations and life history of dinosaurs, pterosaurs and early mammals.

Flinders Palaeontology Celebration Event

Following the lecture will be celebratory event, celebrating palaeontology at Flinders University. The event will provide food and entertainment, including a short, QI inspired, live palaeontology game show. All funds from the night will go towards the James Moore Memorial Prize in Palaeontology.

Event details

The second Wells Lecture will take place on the 18th of October 2019. The Lecture will begin at 6:00pm sharp with the following celebratory event to start at 7:00pm. 

The Lecture will be held in the​ Health Sciences Lecture Theatre at Flinders University. Attendees will then move to the Flinders University Tavern for the following event. 

Event Registration

This is a free, public event, however we would appreciate if you could register your attendance for organisational purposes.

Please follow the link to register at our Eventbrite page.