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Evolution and the Levels of Selection
November 3, 2008, Green College Coach House, UBC
An all-day interdiscipinary workshop on the historical, philosophical, and conceptual foundations of evolutionary theory. more...

Green College Principal's Series
Jan 20: Simon Conway Morris, Professor of Evolutionary Paleobiology, University of Cambridge and the Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor at UBC, delivers a talk titled: "Darwin's Compass: How Evolution Discovers the Song of Creation". Tuesday, January 20, 5:00-6:30PM, Coach House, Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road, University of British Columbia, Point Grey Campus.

Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity Seminar
Jan 21: Simon Conway Morris, "The Cambrian explosion: A reality check for evolution?". Wednesday, January 21, 4:00PM, Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory Auditorium, 2202 Main Mall, University of British Columbia, Point Grey Campus.

SFU Biology Faculty Seminar
Feb 12: UBC Zoologist Greg Bole, also known as "Charles Darwin", presents "Charles Darwin: Evolutionary Trees and Family Trees". Thursday, February 12 at 3:30pm in SSB7172. more...

Lucy's Place in Nature
Sep 16: Green College and the Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture are proud to present:

Lucy's Place in Nature
By Prof. Yoel Rak of the Department of Anatomy and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University

Upon the discovery of Australopithecus afarensis remains in the 1970s and the subsequent acknowledgment of the remains' distinct taxonomic status, the new species was hailed as situated anatomically and chronologically "halfway" between an ape (the common ancestor of the chimpanzee and Homo sapiens) and modern humans. Furthermore, the primitive appearance displayed by A. afarensis, along with its age, rendered it an ideal candidate to be the common ancestor of modern humans and the extremely specialized robust australopith clade. Beginning in the 1990s, the intensive activity of numerous expeditions to the Hadar region of Ethiopia (site of the earlier A. afarensis finds, including the famous Lucy) filled many gaps in our understanding of A. afarensis cranial anatomy, deriving particularly from the discovery of two almost complete skulls. As a result, anatomical elements that A. afarensis shares only with the robust australopiths surfaced. This new information has forced us to move A. afarensis from its comfortable position at the bifurcation point between the robust clade and modern humans to the robust branch itself, albeit at the branch's very beginning.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
5:00 - 6:30pm
Green College Coach House, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road,
University of British Columbia, Vancouver (map)

Little Brown Mushroom Workshop
Nov 13-15: Presented by the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, the Vancouver Mycological Society, and Genome BC, this workshop will examine the sometimes cryptic species of (non-edible) little brown mushrooms found locally. The multi-day workshop includes a slide presentation, a collecting foray, and lab work in which participants will identify specimens though several approaches, including microscopy. The cost is $60 for students and $100 for non-students. For more information, visit the Beaty Museum website.
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