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Extinction & De-Extinction with Dr Sadiah Qureshi
29 November 2018
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Dr Qureshi’s talk will be a whistle-stop tour of the history of ideas about extinction.
We’re all so familiar with the possibility of species extinction, that we often don’t realise it is a very modern way of understanding loss in the natural world. This talk will take us from the discovery of fossilised megabeasts in the late eighteenth century to the present-day debates about de-extinction and the future of earth’s biodiversity.
The talk will be followed by an interactive activity:
If you could, would you bring back an extinct species? If so, which one? Your answers reveal a great deal about what you value in the natural world. By exploring these questions, we will have an interactive session on the theme of de-extinction. This will be your chance to make the case for bringing back an extinct species, or not.
About Dr Sadiah Qureshi
Dr Sadiah Qureshi is a historian of race, science and empire who cannot bear the idea of living in a world without tigers. She is currently writing a history of extinction, entitled Vanished: Episodes in the History of Extinction, for Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
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