Darwin Day lecture on whales Feb 9

Hans Thewissen, professor of anatomy and expert on the evolution of whales, will deliver a talk called “Happy Birthday, Mr. Darwin! Documenting Macroevolution in the Origin of Whales” on Thurs., Feb. 9, at 6:30pm in Hyland Hall’s Timmerman Auditorium. This free public lecture is the featured event in UWW’s 2012 Darwin Day celebration. Many organizations celebrate International Darwin Day, the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday on Feb. 12, 1809.

Thewissen’s research is identifying fossils that establish whales’ evolutionary transition from their four-legged, land-walking ancestors. The Science Daily article “How Ancient Whales Lost Their Legs, Got Sleek And Conquered The Oceans” suggests that it’s all because of the Sonic hedgehog!

Cover of the Emergence of Whales bookHave I wetted (ahem, I mean whetted) your curiosity, so that you want to learn more? Andersen Library has resources!

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding materials.

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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