Live from the Lab: Stories of Animal Ancestors – Part 1 – Past and Present: Of Fossils and Spiders
Part 1- Past and Present: Of Fossils and Spiders
Many pieces of the puzzle that is the history of animal life on Earth are preserved in the fossil record. We’ll kick off the live talks on Monday discussing early animal fossils and what we know about how they are related to modern animals. The story begins with the old fossil collections, and moves on to the experimental lab environment with scientists studying living spiders.
Live from the Lab: Stories of Animal Ancestors – Part 2 – How to Generate and Regenerate an Organism
Part 2 - How to Generate and Regenerate an Organism
If we look closely, we can see common themes and patterns in animal diversity. How do similar cells create different body shapes? How can one cell organise and build an entire animal from scratch? What enables some cells to regenerate missing body parts? Scientists give insights into their research, contributing to answering questions about how the body forms.
Live from the Lab: Stories of Animal Ancestors – Part 3 – The Secret Lives of Sea Creatures
Part 3 - The Secret Lives of Sea Creatures
What kind of life did early animals lead? Did they have a similar body form from birth to adulthood, like humans, or did they undergo metamorphosis like tadpoles to frogs and caterpillars to butterflies? And which came first in evolution: the adult or the larva? Join Wednesday’s researchers who try to answer these questions by studying animals with alien larval forms.
Live from the Lab: Stories of Animal Ancestors – Part 4 – Ancient Connection: The Evolution of the Nervous System
Part 4 - Ancient Connection: The Evolution of the Nervous System
Where did the brain come from? In this episode, we will discuss how early nervous systems might have evolved to help animals move, why we have many different types of nerve cells, and how complex animal brains came to be.
Live from the Lab: Stories of Animal Ancestors – Part 5 – The Cyber Age of Science
Part 5- The Cyber Age of Science
Did you know there are terabytes upon terabytes of scientific data we can freely access? Is infinite data infinite knowledge? In this episode, the speakers will show how biologists collect, compare, and compute data to generate knowledge in the era of big data.