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MEDIA ADVISORY: Work of Yale Scientists Shows Vitality of Darwin’s Origin of Species

Thu, 11/19/2009 - 11:53am
Yale University

New Haven, Conn. — November 24 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. The seminal work continues to change how we look at the world, with scientists daily uncovering new examples of how natural selection shapes life. Many of those insights are coming from the labs of Yale University. Below is a list of experts available to discuss how they are applying Darwin’s seminal work today.

Richard Prum, chair of ecology and evolutionary biology, is hot on the trail of identifying the color of dinosaur feathers.

Pasko Rakic, chair of neurobiology, is searching for development genes that harbor the secrets of the evolution of the human brain.

Laurie Santos, assistant professor of psychology, explores the origins of human behavior by observing our closest primate cousins in the wild.

Stephen Stearns, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, sees evolution at work today in influencing the size and shape of modern women.

Suzanne Alonzo, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, thinks the story of Darwinian sexual selection might not be as simple as once thought.

For links to more stories on evolution, podcasts and videos on provocative evolutionary ideas and concepts, please visit our website at http://www.opa.yale.edu/sp/darwin

 

PRESS CONTACT: Bill Hathaway 203-432-1322

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