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Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution

April 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Menno Schilthuizen
Senior Researcher, Naturalis Biodiversity Center; Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Leiden University
Three-quarters of humans live in cities, and a large portion of the planet’s landmass is urbanized. With much of the rest covered by human-shaped farms, pasture, and plantations, where can nature still go? One possibility: to the cities. Thanks to evolutionary adaptation taking place at unprecedented speeds, plants and animals are devising new ways of living in the seemingly hostile environments of asphalt and steel that humans have created. Dr. Schilthuizen will discuss this new chapter in the history of life—a chapter in which much old biodiversity is disappearing, but also one in which new and exciting life forms are being born.


April 10
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Cleveland Museum of Natural History


Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106 United States
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