Jurassic Brain Teasers

Evening talk by Dr Stephan Lautenschlager explaining how modern computer technology allows palaeontologists to study the brain anatomy of fossil animals. 

Traditionally, palaeontology has a reputation of being a dry and dusty discipline. However, recent advances in computer technology have transformed the way fossils can be studied. Virtual reality, digital restoration and reconstruction and computer simulations to test fossil form and function relations, have now made it possible to obtain a plethora of new data from old fossils and conduct rigorous, hypothesis-driven studies. Integrating classic palaeontological research with these novel, digital approaches holds a vast potential to address large-scale evolutionary questions and to reconstruct fossil organisms and ecosystems and even analyse the brains of dinosaurs. In this lecture Dr. Lautenschlager illustrates how these new techniques are illuminating our understanding of extinct organisms.

Dr Stephan Lautenschlager is a vertebrate palaeontologist, specialising in functional morphology and biomechanical analysis. His research focuses on the relationship between form and function in extinct vertebrates and how biomechanical function evolved through time in various vertebrate groups, such as dinosaurs, birds, crocodiles and mammals. He is the Palaeontological Association (PalAss) exceptional lecturer of 2018-19.

Free, but advance booking required.


Suitable for adults and young people – beginners and experts welcome!
Speakers will start with the basics before introducing their specialist field of expertise.

6.00pm doors open for viewing of the First Animals exhibition
6.30pm talk begins in the Lecture Theatre