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How Well Do you Know your Family Tree?

This is an event from the 2019 edition

Have you ever wondered how a whale can dive so deeply under the ocean? Why a beaver is so efficient at gnawing wood? Or how hibernating mammals can sleep so deeply? Come and celebrate the diversity represented by the mammals, and at the same time learn about how studying this diversity might offer huge insights into what makes us human and change the face of how we can treat disease.

Humans are mammals. Hair covers our bodies and we feed our young with milk. Traits such as these link us to a huge and highly diverse group of organisms which has spread across every habitat on Earth. For the first time we can study the genes of this group, the mammals, as a whole family group. Using the largest set of genetic information ever collected from mammals, we are poised to discover the key changes that have made the mammals so successful.

Will Nash, Earlham InstituteWill Nash is an evolutionary biologist at the Earlham Institute on the Norwich Research Park. His research focuses on the switches that turn genes on and off, and how changes in them may have led to biodiversity patterns and trait evolution. He lectures in vertebrate biodiversity at the University of East Anglia.


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Earlham Institute
Monday 21 October
Venue: The Forum, Auditorium
Cost: Free, booking required
Age: 12+

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