Sydney Science Forum: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

15 October 2010

Hear about the amazing adaptive abilities of lizards from visiting Harvard Professor Jonathan Losos, at his Sydney Science Forum public talk on Wednesday 20 October 2010.

Lizards are an extraordinarily old and diverse group of animals. Around since the beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs, lizards (including snakes, which are evolutionarily derived from lizards) have more species diversity than do mammals. Lizards live in almost all parts of the world and show a myriad of different adaptations for living in different environments. Many species are easy to observe in the wild and study in the laboratory, making them ideal organisms for investigating the origin and maintenance of biological diversity.

In this presentation, Jonathan Losos will focus on his research, which has synthesised experimental and observational approaches of habitat use, behaviour, function, and genetics to understand the evolution of a particularly diverse group of Caribbean lizards that have become a model for studying evolution.

To celebrate Professor Losos' work, a display of live reptiles as well as a gallery of museum specimens and spectacular reptile skeletons will be showcased at the conclusion of the lecture.

Sydney Science Forum: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree, Studies on the Origin and Ecology of Biological Diversity
Date: Wednesday 20 October 2010
Time: 5:45pm - 6:45pm, followed by a cocktail reception
Cost: Free
Location: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, The University of Sydney
Bookings: Register online: or via email: or phone: (02) 9351 3021.

Contact: Sydney Science Forum

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