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Follow an Expedition into the Deep

The deep sea of the Gulf of Mexico is about to come under the microscope. Dr Edie Widdie and colleagues from Team ORCA (Ocean Research and Conservation Association) are running an expedition from 14 – 27 July. They will explore … Continue reading

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The Runes of Evolution: a fresh new read on convergence

For those fascinated by the living world, a great treat is in store. About to hit the shelves is a new publication about convergent evolution, The Runes of Evolution: How the Universe Became Self-Aware. This book is by the renowned biologist Professor … Continue reading

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A Festival of Light: Map of Life at the Cambridge Science Festival 2015

This year’s much anticipated Cambridge Science Festival was a great celebration of scientific discovery, exploration, ideas and research around the theme of LIGHT. Throughout a dynamic and busy fortnight thousands of people joined in a rich programme of talks, hand-on activities … Continue reading

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Barnacles: favoured by Darwin, convergent by nature

To mark Darwin Day 2015, which falls around Charles Darwin’s birthday (12th February) each year, we’re flagging up a marvellous creature that he particularly admired for its many strange characteristics: the barnacle. Naturally, the barnacle shows a host of notable convergences! Although they hardly … Continue reading

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So, ARE there limits to evolution?

Cambridge plays host to many meetings each year but few as unique and ambitious as the “Are There Limits to Evolution” conference that took place over two sunny days this September. Professor Simon Conway Morris and his team from the … Continue reading

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Are there limits to evolution?

What will evolutionary biology look like in 50 years? More of the same or will there be new paradigms, new syntheses? What lies on the horizon? The impact of evolution is undeniable, but it can be viewed through different lenses. … Continue reading

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Public talk at Science Festival: Is evolution predictable?

On Wednesday 23rd March Professor Simon Conway Morris, co-ordinator of the Map of Life, gave a public evening talk on convergent evolution entitled “Is evolution predictable?“. The talk was a special part of the Cambridge Science Festival and took place … Continue reading

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Science on Saturday – Map of Life at the Cambridge Science Festival

Saturday the 19th March was a sunny Spring day in Cambridge, perfect for the Cambridge Science Festival principal event, Science on Saturday. Science departments throughout the University of Cambridge were bursting with visitors as thousands of families came to explore, … Continue reading

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Media coverage as Science Festival approaches

Dr Louise Walsh and her team at the University of Cambridge press office send out a press release about the Map of Life last week. We are continuing to receive notice of new mentions online and in the local and … Continue reading

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Evolution talk at Reigate Grammar School

On 3rd February Professor Simon Conway Morris, who heads the Map of Life project, visited sixth form students of Reigate Grammar School to give a talk on evolution. Simon was invited by Mr Tom Dare, the Head of Biology at … Continue reading

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