While Darwin’s theories of evolution explained a lot about the origin of species, they did not fully explain the origin of new body parts over time. One of Darwin’s critics, St. George Mivart, famously proposed that if the theory could not come up with steps leading to the origin of lactation, it was a failure. By integrating findings from embryology, paleontology, and biochemistry, we only now are beginning to see the stepwise picture of how mammalian lactation evolved, through a process of recombination of old adaptations, ultimately from unlikely sources – hair, sweat, and pimples. From this detailed example, we’ll reflect on what this reveals about the history of life in general. The presenter, Daniel Stadtmauer, is a Graduate Student at Yale University in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
This talk is presented in cooperation with the Yale Peabody Museum Speakers Bureau. Please join us on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
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