Richard Fortey introduced by Valmik Thapar


Richard Fortey, one of Britain’s leading popular scientists, unravels the history of the trilobite: exotic, crustacean-like animals which dominated the seas for 300 million years. These arthropods witnessed continents move, mountain chains elevate and erode; they survived ice ages and volcanic eruptions, evolving and adapting exquisitely to their environment. They watched through their crystal eyes whilst life evolved with their own evolution calibrating geological time itself. Structured like a detective story, Fortey’s lecture will tell the story of one of the wonders of scientific discovery with an engaging, quirky and fascinating introduction to evolution.