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The Leicester Literary and Leicester Philosophical Society, locally known as the Lit. and Phil., was founded in 1835.

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About the Lit&Phil

The “Lit & Phil” organises an annual series of lectures and discussions, usually held in the Leicester New Walk Museum, for the advancement of education in Literature, Science and Art.  It publishes reports, papers and proceedings and supports the museum.  There are also Natural History and Geology Sections, which organise further events.

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Our next lecture …

Monday 7th January 2019

The Ediacara biota and its role in the evolution of the modern world: an update of recent major advances’

Dr Phil Wilby
Team Leader for Palaeontology at the British Geological Survey

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Dr Phil Wilby, Team Leader for Palaeontology at the British Geological Survey, a palaeobiologist with particular expertise in taphonomy and sedimentary geochemistry, will talk about the late Ediacaran period (about 580-541 million years ago) which was transformative in the evolution of the Earth- like system. At this time there were dramatic changes in the compositions of the oceans and atmosphere and the emergence of large organisms and development of the first complex ecosystems. The nature of these organisms and their relationship to animals is contentious. Following new finds of fossils in the Ediacaran strata of Charnwood Forest, Dr Wilby will reveal up to date knowledge of these organisms.

Phil Wilby led the team who re-excavated a famous fossil site near Chippenham which was first discovered during railway construction in the 1840s and is the source of important Jurassic fish and cephalopods. He also has extensive field experience, particularly in Wales, focusing on the architecture of turbidite systems and the distribution of Quaternary deposits.

The lecture is a joint lecture with the Geology section of the Society.

The lecture is at 7.30 pm at the New Walk Museum and visitors are welcome at £5 which includes refreshments afterwards.