MICHAEL RAMPINO LECTURES ON "MASS EXTINCTIONS AND THE HISTORY OF LIFE" AT 8 PM
As chronicled in the fossil record, the history of life is marked by violent and devastating episodes. Mass extinctions—the eradication of 75 to 95 percent of Earth's species—have repeatedly altered the course of evolution. Michael Rampino has searched six continents for the causes of these ancient mega-events, investigating asteroid impacts and large-scale volcanism.
A biologist and geologist at New York University and research associate at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Dr. Rampino asks: Why was 95 percent of ocean life wiped out 250 million years ago? Was human evolution influenced by the eruption of a super-volcano? Who benefits from mass extinctions? (Answer: Not dinosaurs.)
BEFORE AND AFTER
Groove to earth-shattering tunes and video in Union Hall's subterranean grotto, stick around for the Q&A, and don't forget to sample the Secret Science Club's Shock-tail of the Night: the explosive Magmarita
The Secret Science Club meets October 3rd at 8 pm in the basement @ Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn, p: 718.638.4400 Subway: R to Union St.; F to 4th Ave.; Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Ave.
No cover charge. Just bring your smart self.
Doors open at 7:30. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE.