Evolution: Convergence, Animal Cognition and Extra-terrestrials

Series Name Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society
Speaker Professor Simon Conway Morris FRS
Type Lectures & Talks
When 19 Mar 2018, 07:30PM - 08:30PM
Venue New Walk Museum
Open To Public
Ticket Price Visitors £3
For Bookings Contact Booking is not required.

Professor Simon Conway Morris asks the provocative question 'But if evolution is broadly predictable, then where are the extra-terrestrials?' Equally problematic is, given advanced cognition evolved multiple times (dolphins, crows, octopuses), then how come only one species thinks it is worthwhile to join the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society? He will give the audience a great deal to think about when he talks about the links within his career of studying fossil worms from the Burgess Shale and the Cambrian explosion to developing a wider interest in the entire field of evolution including the question of animal cognition and extra-terrestrial life.
Simon is Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 1996 on the subject of The History in our Bones and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society at the age of 39. He has also been awarded the Walcott Medal of the National Academy of Sciences in 1987 and the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society of London.

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