Tag: Marc Laflamme

Marc’s research interests lie in the classification, function and preservation of the Ediacara biota, the oldest large and complex organisms in the rock record. These globally distributed soft-bodied organisms abruptly appear in the fossil record some 578 million years ago, and represent the dominant members of early ecosystems up until the Cambrian explosion of complex animals. Marc’s research focuses on understanding the preservation of soft tissues in the fossil record, combining laboratory decay experiments with extensive field-based studies in Newfoundland, South Australia and Namibia.

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Dr. Marc Laflamme, Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Education and Outreach: Innovation in palaeontological research driven by students and non-specialists

Education and Outreach
by Marc Laflamme*1 and Paul A. E. Piunno1 Introduction: Scientific research is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary, drawing together experts from a range of fields to generate knowledge and address major problems. This is particularly true for palaeontology, which stands at the intersection of a wide array of disciplines including geology, biology, chemistry, materials science, statistics and biomechanics. Although scientific innovation is principally driven by trained scientists, research opportunities often present themselves to others — in palaeontology, this can tie into the strong public interest in famous extinct animals such as dinosaurs and mammoths. Indeed, palaeontology has an extensive history of important contributions by people without formal training, from Mary Anning’s...