CANCELED: Wonderful Cambrian Beasts


Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

We continue to monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and prioritize the safety of our visitors, staff, students and volunteers. In the interests of reducing the number of people on campus and slowing the opportunity for transmission, the university museums are closing to the public, at the end of business on Thursday, March 12 until further notice. All public programs, classes, and events have been canceled. Over the next few weeks we will be assessing the situation and reviewing options for when we will be able to re-open to the public.


Free Public Lecture

Javier Ortega-Hernández, Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Earth is home to a vast diversity of organisms that collectively define the modern biosphere. How did this diversity come to be? Javier Ortega-Hernández will discuss his approach to answering this question by studying organisms that lived more than half a billion years ago in the Cambrian Period (541–485 million years ago). By focusing on the earliest-known animals—some of the most versatile to ever exist—Ortega-Hernández aims to reconstruct the early evolutionary history of major animal groups and contribute to our understanding of Earth’s biodiversity.

Evolution Matters Lecture Series

Series supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit

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About the Speaker

Javier Ortega-Hernández is an invertebrate paleobiologist interested in the evolution of major animal groups during the Paleozoic, with particular emphasis on the Cambrian Explosion and the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event. Originally from Mexico City, he obtained his undergraduate degree in biology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and in 2008 completed a MSc in paleobiology at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. He then moved to the University of Cambridge where he studied from 2009 to 2018, first as a PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences, and then as a research fellow of Emmanuel College in the Department of Zoology. He joined the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University in 2019.