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The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs

Event schedule details

Sunday 30 June

16.00-16.45

Event location details

Lecture Theatre G16

Imperial College London

Sixty-six million years ago, the impact of a large asteroid triggered a mass extinction that killed more than three quarters of life on Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. In 2016, Professor Joanna Morgan boarded a drill boat and headed out in the Gulf of Mexico to co-lead a scientific team and drill into the Chicxulub crater buried several hundred metres below surface.

This talk will take you back to those closing moments of the reign of the dinosaurs. Professor Morgan will discuss the latest picture that has emerged of both the impact itself and the dramatic changes that led to the worldwide devastation and mass extinction. She will also present surprising evidence that the returning ocean that covered the crater quickly became a garden of sorts for new life to thrive.

This is part of our ‘Spotlight on Science’ talks series. Take a look at the other talks in this series.


This event is free but booking is available to guarantee a place. Booking will open in June.

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Event categories

  • Adults
  • Talk