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Palentology Dating

Fri., Nov. 7, 2014 2:30 p.m. - Fri., Nov. 7, 2014 3:30 p.m.

Location: CL 345

Title: Dating Methods Applied to Paleontology: an Overview

Abstract: Fossils and rock formations are usually the only information we have about long gone species and environments. These informations are generally used to interpret the means of life and characteristics of extinct animals and plants, but they are virtually worthless in evolutionary terms if we do not know when the species lived or how long ago and for how long a given environmental condition existed. Therefore, knowing the age of fossils or rocks is of the utmost importance when trying to understand the Earth's history. In this talk, few different dating methods based on physics concepts will be discussed as well as some of their applications in recent fossil studies.

Speaker: Anezka Kolaceke, Department of Physics, University of Regina