• Evolution and Extinction

Life arose from inorganic matter about 3.8 billion years ago and has been guided by biological evolution ever since. However life has been rocked back, and evolution redirected, by at least five major global mass extinction events. Over the past 20,000 years humans have instigated a sixth extinction event that is accelerating today. This sixth extinction event is again dramatically changing life’s evolutionary trajectory—producing many winners and losers.

This series consists of three stand-alone sessions; you can register for a single session or receive a discounted rate if you register in the entire series.

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Life's Emergence and Evolution (at Mary Winspear Centre)

Join us in exploring how life got going on Earth nearly 3.8 billion years ago and the mechanisms by which it continues to evolve.
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Extinction Events on Earth (at Mary Winspear Centre)

Global mass extinction events have occurred at least five times in the geological past and are the result of often-complicated and interconnected causes. In this course we will focus on how these mass extinction events severely knocked life back and thereby altered the trajectory of biological evolution.  
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The Anthropocene Extinction (at Mary Winspear Centre)

We will examine how over the past 20,000 years, humans instigated a major large mammalian faunal extinction. We will also study how in the past 150 years or so, human impacts to the land, oceans, ice, atmosphere and the climate system are radically changing Earth’s systems and its inhabitants. 
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