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The 6th Great Extinction - Dr. Kevin Seymour, curator of Veterbrate Paleontolgy,

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    HPHC Lecture. Dr. Kevin Seymour, Royal Ontario Musesum's assistant curator in vertebrate paleontology gave a public lecture titled The 6th Extinction at the Mississauga Central Library on Thursday night. The lecture was sponsored by the Halton-Peel Humanist Community in celebration of the 202nd birthday of Charles Darwin. Staff photo by Rob Beintema

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    Celebrating Darwin's birthday HPHC Lecture. Dr. Kevin Seymour, Royal Ontario Musesum's assistant curator in vertebrate paleontology gave a public lecture titled The 6th Extinction at the Mississauga Central Library on Thursday night. The lecture was sponsored by the Halton-Peel Humanist Community in celebration of the 202nd birthday of Charles Darwin. Staff photo by Rob Beintema Halton Peel Humanist Community celebrated the anniversary Charles Darwin’s birth with some 20 Humanist and freethinking atheists last week at Mississauga Central Library. On the subject of 'The Five Great Extinctions and Predicting a Sixth,' Dr. Kevin Seymour, of The Royal Ontario Museum paleontology department, led the group through 500 million years of fossil evidence for evolution and, occasional, extinctions of species in the history of earth. While fossil records in some areas can be sketchy, in other areas they are abundant and widespread, he said. There is a general concurrence in the evidence of world wide growth and contraction of the numbers of species on earth at any given time. He said there are five distinct periods, some abrupt and some spread over time, of rapid decline in variety and extinction of some or many species. Seymour said evidence suggests that some extinctions are caused by cataclysmic events such as meteors or volcanoes while others appear to be the result of longer term declines due to overpopulation or habitat and food supply deterioration. Overpopulation, stretched food resources and habitat sustainability give cause for concern about a future possible extinction. That thought gave rise to some deep discussions and comments by the participants, members of the group that promotes a secular society in which civic affairs are free from religious influence. " The prospect of our own species' demise enlivens any debate," Seymour said. jslack@mississauga.net

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