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“Jurassic Giants of Yorkshire and Wyoming”. Please note New date now 16th November!

16 Nov 2022
Start time
2:30 PM
The Yorkshire Museum
Professor Philip Manning, University of Manchester.
“Jurassic Giants of Yorkshire and Wyoming".  Please note New date now 16th November!

Event Information

Jurassic Giants of Yorkshire and Wyoming
Professor Philip Manning, FGS, FRGS
Chair of Natural History
Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life
University of Manchester, UK.

Wyoming (USA) is approximately 4,400 miles away from the UK, but a paleontological past ties this fossil-rich region to the Yorkshire Coast. The Morrison Formation of Wyoming, dating between 156-147 million years old, is one of the richest windows on Late Jurassic life. It is in this formation that we see some of the largest animals to have ever walked on Earth, the long-necked and long-tailed sauropod dinosaurs. The evolutionary origins of these vast creatures has often been debated. The critical slice of geological time that might help answer such questions, the Middle Jurassic, is globally rare with little exposure to excavate sensible answers. However, one such place that offers insight to the Middle Jurassic is the Yorkshire Coast. From Cayton Bay to Staithes rocks of the Middle Jurassic (175-166 million years old) are exposed and provide fossil evidence on the dinosaurs that would later evolve to become the sauropod behemoths of the Morrison Formation. This talk will take you on a journey from the the Middle Jurassic Yorkshire Coast to the Upper Jurassic Badlands of Wyoming, and explain how geological time can help close the vast geographical distance between the UK and USA today.

Image: Philip Manning excavating a sauropod in the Morrison Formation of Wyoming in 2019.

Lecture to be held in the Tempest Anderson Lecture Theatre, Yorkshire Museum, YO1 7DR at 2.30pm ALL WELCOME.