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Wednesday, October 14, 2020 6pm to 7pm

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Earth is home to a vast diversity of organisms that collectively define
the modern biosphere. How did this diversity come to be? Javier Ortega-Hernández will discuss his approach to answering this question by studying organisms that lived more than half a billion years ago in the Cambrian Period (485–541 million years ago). By focusing on the earliest-known animals—some of the most versatile to ever exist—Ortega-Hernández aims to reconstruct the early evolutionary history of major animal groups and contribute to our understanding of Earth’s biodiversity.

Javier Ortega-Hernández, Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.

Evolution Matters Lecture Series. Presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Series supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit. 

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