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The natural history of the Terra Nova expedition: Updated Programme

The natural history of the Terra Nova expedition: Updated Programme

The Terra Nova Expedition (1910-12), officially the British Antarctic Expedition 1910, was led by Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) with the aim of being the first to reach the South Pole, a tragic journey that ended on 29th March, 1912. In addition to the polar attempt, the expedition carried out a comprehensive scientific programme and the Terra Nova was fully fitted out for scientific research in polar regions. The scientific crew included meteorologists, hydrologists, zoologists, glacialogists, biologists and geologists.


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The Spring meeting and AGM of The Society for the History of Natural History will be held at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER

Outline Programme: March 2012

10.00 – 10.30 Registration and coffee

10.30 Welcome, announcements

10.30 – 10.45 Brian Linton (SPRI) The Scott Polar Research Institute and its involvement with the Terra Nova Expedition

10.45 – 11.15  Prof. David Walton (BAS)  Antarctic science – a centennial perspective

11.15 – 11.20 discussion, questions

11.20 – 11.50 Howard Falcon-Lang The fossil forests of Antarctica: historical discoveries and new research

11.50 – 12.00 discussion, questions

12.00 – 12.30 Douglas Russell (NHM) Dr. George Murray Levick (1876-1956): unpublished notes on the Sexual Habits of the Adélie Penguin

12.30 – 12.40 discussion, questions

12.40 – 13.45 Break for lunch and viewing of exhibition

13.45 – 14.15 SHNH AGM

14.15 – 14.45 Mary Spencer Jones (NHM) Collecting in a Cold Climate: Denis Gascoigne Lillie (1884-1963) and the Terra Nova bryozoans

14.45 – 14.55 discussion, questions

14.55 – 15.25 Dr Bob Headland (SPRI) (title to be confirmed)

15.25 – 15.35 discussion, conclusions, general discussion

15.35 – 16.00 tea and close