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Hervé Le Guyader

Hervé Le Guyader

Surprising Kinships, a New and Unconventional Look at Animal Classifications

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. IN FRENCH

As part of the Montréal Space for Life Lecture Series, professor and biologist Hervé Le Guyader, will give a lecture at the Montréal Botanical Garden, entitled Des parentés insoupçonnées, la classification traditionnelle du monde animal revue et bouleversée (Surprising kinships, a new and unconventional look at animal classifications).

An unconventional look at animal classifications

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. In his lecture, Hervé Le Guyader will look in particular at 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 Classification phylogénétique du vivant, vol. 1 (2006) and vol. 2 (2013).

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.

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