What causes more extinctions - cataclysmic events or humans?

Lost Creatures: Big Questions

This event has now passed. Tune into the podcast of this discussion on the ABC Big Ideas program, Radio National online.  

Get ready to tackle the big questions in the final dino-sized Q&A Style Event hosted by Queensland Museum and supported by the ABC. BOOK NOW.

People are fascinated by things that go “boom” and we typically associate extinctions of the past with cataclysmic occurrences like volcanic eruptions and asteroid impacts.
What is the biological consequences of these natural events? Do they simply exterminate species or provide opportunities for diversification?
Is climate change a bigger threat? Are human populations a catalyst for climate change, or are humans affecting extinction in other ways?

Moderator: Robyn Williams, presenter of The Science Show on ABC Radio National


  • Dr Gilbert Price, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Earth Sciences, University of Qld
  • Prof Gregg Webb, Dorothy Hill Chair in Palaeontology, School of Earth Sciences, University of Qld
  • Dr Patrick Moss, Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management, University of Qld
  • Assoc Prof Tamara Davis, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, School of Mathematics & Physics, University of Qld 

Pre-booking essential. BOOK NOW. Drinks and snacks available for purchase 5.30pm - 6.30pm.

Time: Doors open 5.30pm for exhibition viewing. Discussion 6.30pm - 7.30pm. Please note, you must arrive at the Museum for entry before 6.20pm.

Date: Thursday 3 April 2014

Location: Level 2

Cost: All prices include booking fees.

Adults $21.50
MyMuseum Adults: $16.50
Concession: $16.50
MyMuseum Concession: $11.50

Event Details

03 April 2014, 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

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