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Handicaps, Honesty and VisibilityWhy Are Ornaments Always Exaggerated?

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:30 +0000

Sexual selection is a form of natural selection that favours traits that increase mating success, often at the expense of survival. It is responsible for a huge variety of characteristics and behaviours we observe in nature, and most conspicuously, sexual selection explains the elaborate ornaments such as the antlers of red deer and the tail […]

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PREDICTS Project: Land-Use Change Doesn’t Impact All Biodiversity Equally

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:17:53 +0000

Humans are destroying, degrading and depleting our tropical forests at an alarming rate. Every minute, an area of Amazonian rainforest equivalent to 50 football pitches is cleared of its trees, vegetation and wildlife. Across the globe, tropical and sub-tropical forests are being cut down to make way for expanding towns and cities, for agricultural land […]

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Calculated Risks: Foraging and Predator Avoidance in Rodents

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:07:08 +0000

Finding food is one of the most important tasks for any animal – most animal activity is focused on this job. But finding food usually involves some risks – leaving the safety of your burrow or nest to go out into a dangerous world full of predators, disease and natural hazards. Animals should therefore be […]

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Applying Metabolic Scaling Laws to Predicting Extinction Risk

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:32:49 +0000

The Earth is warming. That much were are now certain of. A major challenge for scientists hoping to ameliorate the effect of this on biodiversity is to predict how temperature increases will affect populations. Predicting the responses of species living in complex ecosystems and heterogenous environments is a difficult task, but one starting point is […]

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The Importance of Size in the Evolution of Complexity in Ants

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:14:37 +0000

Ants are amongst the most abundant and successful species on Earth. They live in complex, cooperative societies, construct elaborate homes and exhibit many of the hallmarks of our own society. Some ants farm crops, others tend livestock. Many species have a major impact on the ecosystems they live in, dispersing seeds, consuming huge quantities of […]

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GEE's Mark Thomas in conversation at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

18 June 2012

At The Times' Cheltenham Literature Festival, GEE’s Prof Mark Thomas joined Robert Winston and others to explore how we evolved and how these adaptations helped us survive. With Marcus Brigstocke, Mark gave an intriguing conversation about human evolution, genetics and ancient DNA, and whether it was ever possible for Adam to meet Eve.

Mark Thomas


Having met him at Cheltenham Literature Festival, Marcus Brigstocke describes Mark Thomas as “by far the most fascinating man I’ve ever met”. At Cheltenham: S124 Marcus Brigstocke Invites... Sunday, June 17, 2012 – 12.30pm
An intriguing conversation about human evolution, genetics and ancient DNA, and whether it was ever possible for Adam to meet Eve...

S106 Evolution Out of Africa Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 17:00
How did humans evolve to cope with shorter days, less intense sun and new hunting (and farming) challenges?

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival
Meet the Super Scientists
Mark Thomas

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