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Diamond discusses lessons of ancient societies for today, Oct. 9

Diamond, winner of a 1999 National Medal of Science and a 1985 MacArthur Fellowship, will present a lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in McCosh 50.

Diamond, a professor of physiology in the School of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles, is known for his breakthrough discoveries in evolutionary biology and landmark research in applying Darwinian theory to such diverse fields as physiology and ecology.

He will discuss "Collapses of Ancient Societies and Their Lessons for Today." Diamond won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for his book "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies," which explores the complex reasons why Eurasian societies evolved more rapidly than societies living on other continents during the same era.

Widely recognized as a founder of conservation biology, he also has contributed to the preservation of endangered species by identifying what makes some animal populations more vulnerable to extinction than others. He has done extensive field research on the ecology and evolution of birds in New Guinea and neighboring islands.

Diamond's talk is designated as the Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture and is part of the University's Public Lectures Series . It will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit WebMedia .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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