Evolution Matters lecture by Arkhat Abzhanov


Thursday, January 31, 2013, 6:00pm to 7:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
WHAT ART THOU, LITTLE BIRD? Developmental Mechanisms for the Origin and Evolution of Birds Evolution Matters lecture by Arkhat Abzhanov, Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University We might think robins are just a common backyard bird, but they actually represent one of the most unusual, successful, and abundant animal groups (the order Aves) in Earth’s history, tracing their origins to a single group of carnivorous bipedal dinosaurs. The new science of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) sheds light on how birds’ highly distinct skulls with toothless beaks have evolved and how modern birds can generate a seemingly endless array of beak shapes. Free and open to the public. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Free event parking in the 52 Oxford Street Garage, beginning at 5:00 pm. Read about other HMNH lectures, events, and classes: http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/lectures_classes_events.html