Upcoming Talks

Ornella Bertrand

Image is of Ornella Bertrand sitting on an outcrop and behind a white mound preserving a fossil. Ornella is a white woman wearing a dark green shirt with grey field pants. She has a blue bandana and a field hat tied around her neck

University of Edinburgh

June 15, 2021

The impact of environmental changes on the brain evolution of rodents and early placental mammals

Mammalian brain evolution has been studied since the late 1800s. More recently, the use of virtual endocasts has improved substantially our understanding of the behaviour of extinct mammals. Ecological factors and cataclysmic events have been seen as potential triggers for evolutionary change. Past studies have shown that adaptation to a new environment may specifically affect the nervous system. Squirrels and their closest relatives are a great model to test the relationship between locomotor behaviour and brain evolution, while early placental mammals can be used to explore the role of the end-Cretaceous extinction in the emergence of the brain of modern groups. The goal of this talk is to provide an overview of new and exciting findings on how the environment may influence brain evolution in placental mammals.

Audrey Taylor

University of Notre Dame

June 22, 2021

Title TBA

Joe Moysuik

University of Toronto/Royal Ontario Museum

June 29, 2021

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Evan Ramos

University of Texas

July 6, 2021

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Mónica Carvalho

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

July 13, 2021

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Catherine Davis

Yale University

July 20, 2021

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Farid Saleh

Yunnan University

July 27, 2021

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