/R E P E A T -- The Montréal Space for Life welcomes professor and biologist
Hervé Le Guyader/
Surprising kinships - A new and unconventional look at animal classifications
MONTREAL, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montréal Space for Life is pleased
to welcome professor and biologist, Hervé Le Guyader, as part of the Space
for Life Lecture Series. Entitled Des parentés insoupçonnées, la
classification traditionnelle du monde animal revue et bouleversée,
(Surprising kinships, A new and unconventional look at animal
classifications), Prof. Le Guyader will give his lecture in the auditorium of
the Montréal Botanical Garden on November 6, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.
Did you know that you are more closely related to a mushroom than a flower?
That crocodiles are more closely related to birds than to lizards? That
dinosaurs are still in our midst? This is what emerges from a completely new
way of classifying the animal world that has turned conventional ideas upside
down over the past thirty years. This long and painstaking work is now
producing its results. Modern classification, now based on an evolutionary
tree that attempts to trace the history of life, is starting to be clearly
A new and unconventional look at animal classifications
Using striking examples, Hervé le Guyader suggests a new understanding of the
evolution of the animal world that is derived from this modern classification
based on genetic comparisons. He focuses in particular on the origins of the
polar bear, to illustrate how difficult and surprising the use of modern
techniques founded on genetic decoding of animals can be.
Hervé Le Guyader, a research scientist who is passionate about systematics
Professor Le Guyader is interested in biodiversity and the history of theories
of evolution, systematics, anatomy and comparative embryology. His research
focuses on cnidarians and ctenophora, which include jellyfish, sea anemones
and corals. He is the author and co-author of several books including Penser
l'Évolution (2012) and La Classification phylogénétique du vivant (2006).
A professor of evolutionary biology at the Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie
in Paris and the École Doctorale "Diversité du Vivant", Professor Le Guyader
has also been in charge of several campaigns for marine and terrestrial
biodiversity, including Santo 2006, which took place in 2006 on the island of
Santo in the archipelago of Vanuatu in the western Pacific Ocean.
Hervé Le Guyader's talk will be followed by a Q&A session and a book signing.
Lecture in French.
The Montréal Space for Life is the world's first site dedicated to humanity
and nature. It includes the Montréal Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden
and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. Together, they are committed to preserving
and enhancing biodiversity, and call on citizens locally and around the world
to join this bold and creative urban movement.
Where: The Montréal Botanical Garden
4101 East Sherbrooke Street
Metro Pie IX
When: Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 7:30p.m.
To purchase tickets online: www.espacepourlavie.ca/billetterie
Also on sale at the ticket counters
Admission: regular: $12 / students, Friends of the Garden, Insectarium,
Biodôme, SAPM and 65 years and over: $9*
Space is limited.
*Holders of reduced-rate tickets purchased online will be required to show a
valid membership card and/or photo ID at the door.
SOURCE Espace pour la vie
Diane Pinard, Communications Coordinator The Montréal Space for Life
Nadine Fortin,Communications Coordinator The Montréal Space for Life
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