Talk Explores Nature’s Bloopers


This is a release from Carleton University:

As part of Carleton University’s Science Café series, Andrew Simons, professor in the Department of Biology, will present The Flaws of Nature.

When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 1049 Bank Street, Ottawa
Info: This event is free and open to the public.

The living world seems to provide an endless array of examples of exquisitely designed features: adaptations that allow survival under harsh conditions such as those that provide impeccable camouflage, enticing insects to transfer a flower’s pollen. However, some features seem to make absolutely no sense from a design perspective. A famous example is the panda’s “thumb” fashioned from the wrist bone.

Using the power of errors to reveal how things work, Simons will explore examples of what appear to be natural bloopers and how they can be understood within an evolutionary framework.

The Science Café series is organized by the Faculty of Science at Carleton University to discuss relevant issues facing our society and how science can help solve real-world problems. Meet some of our award-winning faculty members and graduate students as they share their excitement about science with the community. For more information, visit:



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