Tuesday 28th October 2014, 12:00-13.30, Room Z/022-Z/023
The herpetofauna of the Lost World
The Lost World is so known after the famous novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, where in the summit of one of the Table Mountains several dinosaurs survived. Currently these Table Mountains or tepuis are located in southern Venezuela, and are the most ancient mountains in the world, dating from 3000 to 1800 million years. Its isolation made them great places to study biogeography. Since they are deep in the jungle a few expeditions have been made, but all came with astonishing herpetological discoveries. Herein we will visit some of them and check part of its astonishing herps.
César L. Barrio Amorós is a Catalan anthropologist and herpetologist, with a wide experience in the Neotropics, where he lives since 1995. Is considered the most prolific Catalan vertebrate taxonomist, with more tan 80 species discovered and 50 described. He is one of the few scientist who explored herpetologically the Venezuelan tepuis.