Andrew Simons, Department of Biology

The living world seems to provide an endless array of examples of exquisitely designed features: adaptations that allow survival under harsh conditions, that provide impeccable camouflage, that entice insects to transfer a flower’s pollen, etc. However, some features seem to make absolutely no sense from a design perspective. A famous example is the panda’s “thumb” fashioned from the wristbone. Using the power of errors to reveal how things work, Dr. Simons will explore examples of what appear to be natural bloopers and how they can be understood within an evolutionary framework.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in
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