Dr Jennifer Botha-Brink from the Karoo Palaeontology Department attended the annual Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Brisbane, Australia in October this year. Dr Botha-Brink presented her research as a poster on Early Jurassic dinosaur life histories from the Elliot Formation, Karoo Basin of South Africa.
This formation preserves a very important time in evolutionary history as it record the end-Triassic mass extinction, one of the most catastrophic mass extinctions in Earth’s history. Despite it being a difficult time for animals and plants, the dinosaurs do not appear to have been adversely affected by the event. Dr Botha-Brink’s research revolves around discerning the reasons for the dinosaurs’ success during a time when many other species were going extinct.