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Life Imitating Life: Evolution of Mimicry 

When: Wed., March 16, 7-9 p.m. 2016
Phone: 216.231.4600
Price: $12
Dr. David Pfennig, Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina Perhaps nature’s most spectacular adaptations are examples of Batesian mimicry. Batesian mimicry evolves when individuals of a palatable species gain a selective advantage because they resemble a toxic species that predators avoid. This talk explores Batesian mimicry among deadly coral snakes and their lookalikes and asks: How does mimicry evolve in the first place? Why is mimicry often imprecise? What role does mimicry play in the origin of new species? Author of Evolution’s Wedge: Competition and the Origins of Diversity, Dr. Pfennig’s research focuses on the interplay between evolution, ecology
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