Sprigg lecture series

Dr Reg Sprigg AO sm

Dr Reg Sprigg AO                                                      

The Sprigg lecture series provides visitors with access to the latest research and thinking around scientific and cultural discoveries at a local and global level and to engage with scientific ideas that affect them and their world, now and in the future.

These free lectures commemorate the life of Dr Reg Sprigg AO, a remarkable South Australian geologist who discovered the world’s oldest fossilised animals in the Flinders Ranges in 1946, now internationally recognised as the Ediacara fossils.


Mike Lee

Sprigg lecture series: Professor Mike Lee - Snakes with legs and dinosaurs with wings: new insights into reptile evolution

Tuesday 10th April, 6pm – 7pm (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary glass of wine available prior to the talk)


Reptiles have survived and thrived for over 300 million years, and are today the most successful group of land vertebrates. Professor Mike Lee will discuss some of the key events in their evolution: how dinosaurs took to the air to become birds, and how some lizards lost their legs and turned into snakes.


Mike Lee is a Professor at Flinders University and Senior Research Scientist at the SA Museum, and a former Fulbright Fellow. He is a world expert in reptile evolution and biodiversity science, and has coauthored around 200 research papers, including 16 ground-breaking works in Nature and Science.


Tickets: This is a free event however advance booking is recommended. Admission to the Dinosaur rEvolution exhibition can be purchased on the night (admission is free for Museum Members) and the exhibition will be open from 5:30pm until 8pm.


Suitable for ages 12+

There is no need to print a physical ticket. Museum staff will check off your name at the door.

As places are strictly limited please cancel your Eventbrite booking if you are unable to attend so we can secure a place for others.

For booking enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email programs@samuseum.sa.gov.au



 Previous Sprigg lectures

Dr. Phil Weinstein, Biodiversity and human health, November 2017.

Dr. Liz Reed, Naracoorte’s fossil caves: extraordinary windows into Australia’s recent past, August 2017

Dr. Peter Veth, Kimberley Visions: rock art dynamics of northern AustraliaMay 2017

Aaron Corn, The Didjeridu: an Australian icon, March 2017

Professor Rachael Popelka-Filcoff, Spectroscopic Views into the Past,: Characterisation of Aboriginal Australian Pigments at the South Australian MuseumApril 2016