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What Darwin Didn’t Know: Evolution Since The Origin of Species
April 6, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was a Victorian tour de force: a remarkable synthesis of natural history observations and simple experimental results. Perhaps, though, the most impressive thing about the theory is the way in which it has survived more than 150 years of remarkable progress in biology. It has proved a truly resilient idea. That is not to say, however, that the theory has not undergone modifications as our biological knowledge has expanded in directions that would have been inconceivable to Darwin. This talk will review the essence of Darwin’s ideas while taking excursions into some of the most exciting post-Darwin discoveries. In particular, the focus will be on human evolution, an area in which our knowledge has recently expanded massively with fossil discoveries and the application of modern genetics to both ourselves and, remarkably, to our extinct relatives, the Neanderthals.
Andrew Berry is an Assistant Head Tutor in Integrative Biology and Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. His research interests include genetic and statistical approaches to detecting adaptive evolution (instances of positive natural selection) in genomes. He is especially fascinated by islands because they are so often home to remarkable evolutionary innovations. Professor Berry is also a historian of science with research interests in Alfred Russel Wallace and in the role of natural history in the development of evolutionary thinking. He has an undergraduate degree in zoology from Oxford University and a PhD in genetics from Princeton University.
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About the Bartlett Lecture
The annual Paul D. Bartlett, Sr. Lecture was established in 2003 to bring the finest university professors to speak on subjects related to the Linda Hall Library´s collections.
Paul D. Bartlett, Sr. was elected chairman of the Linda Hall Library Board of Trustees at its first meeting in 1941. Under his leadership the Halls’ bequest for the creation of a public library in Kansas City was used to establish this library devoted to science, engineering and technology. Mr. Bartlett served on the Board until his death in 1964.
The lectures are presented by the Linda Hall Library in association with the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Kansas City, the Princeton Alumni Association of Greater Kansas City, and the Yale Club of Kansas City.
Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter.