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Carroll to speak on search for the origins of species

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, 8 p.m. 101 Friend Center

Molecular biologist and author Sean Carroll will discuss his new book, "Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in 101 Friend Center.

Carroll's book chronicles the lives of naturalists such as Charles Darwin, Eugene Dubois, and Mary, Louis and Richard Leakey, whose discoveries advanced the understanding 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. His research focuses on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. He also is the author of "The Making of the Fittest," which won the Phi Beta Kappa 2007 Science Book Award, and "Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo," which was named one of the best science books of 2005 by Discover Magazine and USA Today.

The talk is designated as the Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture sponsored by the University Public Lecture Series.

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