Old Girl Palaeontologist on TV
Wednesday, 04 April 2012
Professor Jenny Clack, an Old Girl of Bolton School, is to appear on BBC4's Beautiful Minds programme on Wednesday 11 April at 9pm. Jenny is a professor at Cambridge University a pioneering palaeontologist who made evolutionary history by discovering how we on earth went from water to land dwellers.
The programme is the first in a series of three programmes where three influential scientists explain how their thoughts and discoveries have revolutionised the way the world is perceived and understood, beginning with world-renowned palaeontologist Jenny. She discusses how she had to overcome a series of setbacks before discovering a 365 million-year-old fossil that offered new evidence of how fish made the transition onto land in the form of amphibians. Jenny also explains how she came from a family where nobody had been to university and reveals why she believes she has recently found the bones of the earliest truly land-living tetrapod.