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Changing Perspectives in Conservation

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:15:44 +0000

Our views of the importance of nature and our place within have changed dramatically over the the last century, and the prevailing paradigm has profound influences on conservation from the science that is conducted to the policies that are enacted. In a recent perspectives piece for Science, GEE’s Professor Georgina Mace considered the impacts that […]

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Function Over Form: Phenotypic Integration and the Evolution of the Mammalian Skull

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:05:52 +0000

Our bodies are more than just a collection of independent parts – they are complex, integrated systems that rely upon precise coordination in order to function properly. In order for a leg to function as a leg, the bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels must all work together as an integrated whole. This concept, […]

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The Best of Both Worlds:Planning for Ecosystem Win-Wins

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:25:44 +0000

The normal and healthy function of ecosystems is not only of importance in conserving biodiversity, it is of utmost importance for human wellbeing as well. Ecosystems provide us with a wealth of valuable ecosystem services from food to clean water and fuel, without which our societies would crumble. However it is rare that only a […]

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Life Aquatic: Diversity and Endemism in Freshwater Ecosystems

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:22:07 +0000

Freshwater ecosystems are ecologically important, providing a home to hundreds of thousands of species and offering us vital ecosystem servies. However, many freshwater species are currently threatened by habitat loss, pollution, disease and invasive species. Recent research from GEE indicates that freshwater species are at greater risk of extinction than terrestrial species. Using data on […]

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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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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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