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IGA Lecture - 28th February @ 7pm - Dr. Chris Stimpson - Himalayan Fossils

IGA Lecture - 28th February @ 7pm - Dr. Chris Stimpson - Himalayan Fossils

IGA Lecture 28/02/23
28/02/2023 19:00
28/02/2023 20:00

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The aim of this talk is to provide an accessible introduction and a brief history of the collection of Pliocene-to-Pleistocene fossils from the foothills of the Himalaya, also known as the ‘Siwaliks’ or ‘Siwalik Hills’. I will first consider the context and the practices of collecting during the 19th century before giving a concise survey of some of the remarkable fauna that the fossils have revealed. Special attention will be given to specimens from the collections held by the National Museum of Ireland, highlighting their particular significance. The talk will conclude with a discussion of priorities and challenges for future research on the fossils of the Siwalik Hills. 


Dr Chris Stimpson trained as a zoologist before specialising in the recovery and analysis of archaeological and palaeontological animal bone assemblages. His PhD research (University of Cambridge) focused on large assemblages of bird and bat bones recovered from the Great Cave of Niah in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. He has since held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and Queen’s University Belfast.

A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Honorary Associate of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Chris has worked widely in Europe, Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East and has extensive fieldwork experience in varied environments including caves, sand deserts and rainforests. He is currently associated with the Oxford Museum of Natural History and is involved ii research projects in Vietnam, Egypt and Ireland and is reviewing 19th century collections of fossils from the foothills of the Himalaya in museums in the UK and Ireland.