The Origin of Birds - presented by Prof. Hans Larsson
Monday, 13 January 2014
7:30 p.m. at Kensington & First Presbyterian Church, 6225 Godfrey Avenue, NDG
The origin of birds over 150 million years ago is nested within the carnivorous dinosaurs. Hans Larsen’s talk will explore some of the research in his laboratory that covers the ecological origins of birds:
What musculoskeletal adaptations make birds what they are today? What developmental mechanisms may have been at play millions of years ago? Are especially fast rates of evolution associated with the incredible diversification of birds to the nearly 10,000 species we have alive today?
Hans Larsson is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair at McGill University. His background is vertebrate palaeontology and experimental embryology where he seeks to understand the interface between ecology, evolution, and developmental biology using the fish to tetrapod and dinosaur to bird transitions. Read something more about Prof. Larsson at http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2012/11/dr-chickenosaurus/