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Extinctions: Past and Present

Discover the diversity of life on earth, the impacts of five past mass extinctions and the prospect of a sixth extinction today.

Course Summary

Why to enroll this course?

I'm a paleontologist based in the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Cape Town and I'm interested in reconstructing the biology of extinct animals.

Most paleontologists study the anatomy and the biology of these bones, but my research involves looking within the bones - that is the microscopic structure of the bones.

Interestingly enough they survived three of the five big mass extinction events that rocked this planet.

The mounting extinction threats that biodiversity on our planet is facing suggest that we are currently living in the sixth extinction.

Join our course and come and learn about the five big mass extinction events that our planet faced and come hear also about the sixth extinction that biodiversity is currently facing.

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