Developmental biologist to explain body shapes of animals Sept. 22 at Gettysburg College

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - An evolutionary developmental biologist will explain the diversity of body shapes in animals Sept. 22 at Gettysburg College.

The 5 p.m. lecture, "The Making of the Fittest," will take place in Masters Hall's Mara Auditorium, which is located near the campus fountain. University of Wisconsin Professor Sean Carroll will deliver the talk that is free and open to the public. The talk is part of the Gettysburg College Biology Department's Darrah Lecture Series.

Carroll's research focuses on the genes that control development and explain the evolution of the diversity of body forms seen in the animal kingdom. He has been at the forefront of the field of evolutionary developmental biology, known as Evo Devo, which is widely considered the third revolution in evolutionary studies. He is the author of "Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo" and "The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution." Carroll is a professor of molecular biology and genetics and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Posted: Thu, 4 Sep 2008

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