Next Event: LERN/CEE Medawar Memorial Lecture – Matt Ridley

Annual LERN/CEE Medawar Memorial Lecture

‘Genes, Culture and Collective Intelligence’


Matt Ridley

Date: Wednesday 7th December 2011, 6pm

Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL, WC1E 6BT [view map]

This event is free and everyone is welcome.

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Next Event: LERN/CEE Medawar Lecture

Annual LERN/CEE Medawar Lecture

‘Bringing fossils back to life: How trilobites lived


Richard Fortey FRS

(Natural History Museum)

Abstract: Trilobites were a very diverse group of marine arthropods that are now extinct, and without close living relatives. How can we deduce something about the ways in which these organisms might have lived? Plausible answers can be found from using a variety of criteria including classical functional morphology, geology,biogeography and experiment. We know a lot about how they grew from the larval stage, how the moulted and enrolled. They had the first sophisticated visual system in the fossil record. It was once thought that trilobites were benthic animals, but it is now considered likely that several groups adopted planktonic life habits. Of the benthic species, there is evidence that they adopted most of the lifestyles available to living arthropods as deposit feeders, predator/scavengers and modified filter feeders. Different commnities of these animals were adapted to different depth zones and speciated separately on ancient palaeocontinents. Even so there remain many enigmatic trilobites, with bizarre features unmatched in the living fauna.

Date: 26th November 2008, at 17.00

Location: Medical Sciences AV Hill Lecture Theatre, UCL

This event is free and everyone is welcome!

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Next Event: 6th Annual LERN Conference

The 6th Annual LERN Conference will be held on Friday 12th September 2008, at the Institute of Zoology, Regents Park, London. The schedule for the conference is available for you to download in pdf form here. Information on how to get to the venue is included.

This years conference has a range of speakers covering genetics, ecology, fossils, conservation, and language. Our keynote speakers are Tim Blackburn from the Institute of Zoology, speaking on invasion ecology, and Ruth Mace from University College London, speaking on cultural phylogenetics.

Registration is free, and there will be a drinks reception after the conference.


We can take additional poster presentations up until one week before the conference (deadline 3rd September). To apply to present a poster, email with an abstract and title.