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Evolutionary Biology seeks to discover the history of life on earth and to understand the causal processes of evolution. Through this study, the discipline makes contributions in a wide variety of fields: human health and medicine, environment and conservation, agriculture and natural resources, the discovery of useful natural products, and our understanding of humanity.

 

The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides students with a broad range of courses and approaches to the study of evolution by combining the expertise of professors in anthropology, anatomy, biology, geology, and philosophy.

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EVENTS:


 

FALL CONVOCATION 2014:

The Fall convocation 2014 begins at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Severance Hall. The featured keynote speaker is Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, The Elaine G. Hadden Distinguished Visiting Author of Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health. Click here for more information.

 

 

NATURES MATING GAMES: BEYOND THE BIRDS & THE BEES:

Open October 26, 2013 through April 27, 2014 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. This exhibit exposes the unusual, odd and sometimes downright dangerous truth about how animals reproduce. Previously at the Natural History Museum in London and the Palais de la Decouverte in Paris. Click here for more information.

 

 

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 2013-2014 EXLPORER SERIES:

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is pleased to present a new season of its Explorer Series. All presentations begin at 7 pm in Murch Auditorium. Following each program, there will be time for questions and answers. Afterwards, select speakers will sign their books. Click here for more information.

 

  • Friday, December 13, 2013:

  • "Solving the Mystery of the Mound-Builders: A Northern Ohio Connection" with Dr. Brian Redmond

  • Friday, November 15, 2013:

  • "Why Human Skin Comes In Colors and Why It Matters" with Dr. Nina Jablonski

 

 

 

 

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IN THE NEWS:


MAY 2014:

Darin Croft, associate professor of anatomy, and evolutionary biology major Russell Engelman published an article in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology about Engelman's identification of a cat-like meat eater that lived around 13 million years ago in modern day Bolivia. The story "Ancient predator find is a coup for Case Western student" was featured in The Plain Dealer on May 22, 2014.

 

 

FEBRUARY 2014:

An article on genetic adaptations for life at high elevations of the Tibetan plateau was recently published on the Archaeology News Network. The article, "Genetic origins of high-altitude adaptations in Tibetans," features studies conducted by Dr. Cynthia Beall, Case Western Reserve University, and scientists from the University of Chicago. Read more.

 

 

DECEMBER 2013:

Scott Simpson, professor of anatomy and project paleontologist for the Gona Project led by Sileshi Semaw, is part of two teams of researchers who have recently discovered a new species of fossil horse from 4.4-million-year-old fossil-rich deposits in Ethiopia. An article was recently featured in the daily, the digital news source of Case Western Reserve University. Read more.

 

NEWLY RENOVATED AND UPDATED! HUMAN ORIGINS GALLERY:

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History unveiled a new human evolution gallery, "Human Origins," at the museum. The gallery explores the evolution of various early human ancestor species and outlines the physical changes through time leading to modern humans. The exhibition is organized into seven thematic stages based on milestones. Read more.

 

 

NOVEMBER 2013:

Peter Zimmerman featured in two articles in the daily, the digital news source of Case Western Reserve University.

 

November 19, 2013:

"Genetics' Peter Zimmerman and David Serre receive $3.5 million grant to study malaria-spreading parasite"

 

November 18, 2013:

"School of Medicine researchers discover vivax malaria may be evolving around natural defense"

 

 

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION:

National Science Foundation website for Darwin Year Special Report:

Evolution of Evolution - 150 Years of Darwin's On the Origin of Species


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MORE ABOUT EVOLUTION:

 

Berkeley: Understanding Evolution

 

• National Academies: Evolution Resources

 

• American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Evolution Resources

 

• National Center for Science Education