UCL Grant Museum Late: Jules Howard on Eggs, Evolution & The Story of Life

31st May 2024
18:00  - 19:00

A hardback book with a black cover and a light blue design featuring egg specimens of different kinds. The background is also light blue with black speckles.

Every egg there has ever been is an emblem of survival. Yet the evolution of the animal egg is the dramatic subplot missing in many accounts of how life on Earth came to be. In this special event at the Grant Museum of Zoology, science writer and broadcaster Jules Howard examines the mind-bending journey that eggs have been on, from the churning coastlines of the Cambrian Period and Carboniferous coal forests, where insects were stirring, to the end of the age of dinosaurs when live-birthing mammals began their modern rise to power.

Whether they belong to birds, insects, mammals or millipedes, animal eggs are objects shaped by their ecology, forged by mass extinctions, honed by natural selection to near-perfection. Finally, the epic story of their role in the story of life can be told.

Jules Howard is a zoological correspondent, science writer and broadcaster, whose recent book, Wonderdog, won the 2022 Barker Book Prize for non-fiction. He writes on a host of topics relating to zoology, ecology and wildlife conservation and appears regularly in BBC Science Focus magazine and on radio and TV, including BBC Breakfast and Radio 4's Nature Table and The Ultimate Choice.

X: @juleslhoward | Instagram: @juleshoward_zoology

Audience information

This free ticketed event is a one-hour talk and suitable for people aged 16+.

  • Doors open: 17:45
  • Event run time: 18:00 - 19:00

The Grant Museum will remain open for ticket holders until 19:30 .

Please note that photography will be taking place at the event, and by reserving a place you are agreeing to be photographed. If you have any questions, please email museums@ucl.ac.uk.


There is step-free access to the Grant Museum.

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Finding us

The Grant Museum is located in Bloomsbury, in the heart of central London. The nearest Tube stations are Euston Square (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City), Goodge Street (Northern Line), Warren Street (Victoria Line), and buses 18, 30, 73, 134 and 205 stop 3-5 minutes away on Euston Road.

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