4e Hoboken Lecture: Michael Benton, FRS

The greatest mass extinction of all time

10 September 2014 from 20:00 to 21:30 hrs
Kunsthal Rotterdam, Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam
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Fourth Hoboken Lecture, titled 'The greatest mass extinction of all times' by the renowned Vertebrate Palaeontologist Professor Michael Benton.

About the Lecture

At the end of the Permian period, some 250 million years ago, 90% of all species were wiped out. Numerous hypotheses about the causes have been presented, including impact by an asteroid, but the consensus now focuses on massive volcanic eruption in Siberia. The immediate killers were linked aspects of substantial global warming - acid rain, increased temperature, aridity on land, and ocean anoxia. Professor Benton’s work in Russia has pieced together the first steps in what is known as ‘The Killing Model’. In his Hoboken Lecture he will explain the mystery of the greatest mass extinction ever.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Natural History Museum Rotterdam and the British Council

Welcome from 7:00 p.m. in the Natural History Museum Rotterdam. Tickets, including 3 beverages, are 10 euro.