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Fossils, fact and fiction

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Event video

October
052009

18:30 - 19:30

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

 

Tracy Chevalier FRSL in conversation with Dr Richard Fortey FRS. Chaired by Dr Alice Roberts. Organised jointly by The Royal Society and The Royal Society of Literature.

Mary Anning, an early nineteenth-century fossil collector, discovered the first British pre-dinosaur fossils, such as ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs, on the rocky shores of Lyme Regis. Tracy Chevalier's latest book, Remarkable Creatures, explores how the results of Mary Anning's findings eventually paved the way for Darwin and his theory of evolution. Tracy Chevalier discusses her new book with Dr Richard Fortey, who is currently working on a book about organisms which have survived from deep geological time. Their conversation will be chaired by Dr Alice Roberts.

Tracy Chevalier FRSL, author of the hugely successful Girl with a Pearl Earring, ingeniously blends historical fact with imagination. Her latest novel, Remarkable Creatures, is published in August this year.

Dr Richard Fortey FRS is a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. His previous books include Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution, short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2001, and The Hidden Landscape: A Journey into the Geological Past, which won the Natural World Book of the Year. He was also the winner of The Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize in 2006.

Dr Alice Roberts is best known as a television presenter of Coast, and The Incredible Human Journey. She has also appeared as an expert osteoarchologist on various television programmes, including Time.

Fossils, fact and fiction The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK