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RSWA Public Lecture: Assembling the Human Body - A Tale Told by Fossils

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The University of Western Australia

Hackett Drive

Crawley, WA 6009

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Professor John Long, College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University, South Australia.

Biography:-

Professor Long researches the early evolution of vertebrates in order to unravel the early stages of how the modern vertebrate body plan was assembled. Many parts of our human anatomy had their origins back in the Early Palaeozoic (540-350 million years ago). This was when jaws, teeth, paired limbs, ossified brain-cases, intromittent genital organs,chambered hearts and paired lungs all appeared in early fishes. For the past 30 years he has been collecting from the Gogo sites in northern Western Australia, whose perfectly preserved 3-D fish fossils have yielded many significant discoveries, including mineralised soft tissues and the origins of complex sexual reproduction in vertebrates. Current research projects include describing new Late Devonian Gogo fishes and reconstructing their soft tissue anatomy (with Assoc. Prof. K. Trinajstic, Curtin Univ.), new Early Devonian placoderm (stem-gnathostomes) from the Taemas region, NSW (with Dr G.C. Young, ANU); and investigating the role of trace elements in mass extinction events (with Prof. Ross Large, U.Tas).

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http://www.flinders.edu.au/people/john.long

Symposium 2018:-

This is a Free Public Lecture being sponsored by The Royal Society of Western Australia as part of a Symposium held on 27 and 28 July 2018 at The University Club UWA. The Symposium is called "Landscapes, Seascapes and Biota: Unique Western Australia - Past, Present and Future". For more details on the Symposium refer:-

http://www.rswa.org.au/events/Symposium%202018.aspx

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