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Science Under the Stars: Evolution of the Flamingo’s Smile
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 08:00pm - 09:00pm
Chris hanging out with a juvenile flamingo (Photo by L.B. Conrad)
Chris hanging out with a juvenile flamingo. Photo by L.B. Conrad.
Skulls of a modern flamingo (top) & a 25 million year old extinct flamingo (bottom). Photo by C.R. Torres.
Skulls of a modern flamingo (top) & a 25 million year old extinct flamingo (bottom). Photo by C.R. Torres.
Two species of flamingo on a lake in Africa (Torres et al., 2014)
Two species of flamingo on a lake in Africa (Torres et al., 2014)

Chris Torres (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Graduate Program)

"Evolution of the Flamingo’s Smile"

Flamingos are some of the most iconic and recognizable animals in the world… but where did they come from and why do they look so funny? After centuries of struggle, biologists are finally beginning to make sense of how the bizarre flamingo lifestyle might have evolved. Come listen to the story of flamingo evolution, as told by one of the guys who helped piece it all together, and learn about how long flamingos have been around, what their relatives are like, and what they looked like before they turned so pink.

Science Under the Stars is a free, monthly public outreach lecture series founded and organized by graduate students in the Department of Integrative Biology at The University of Texas at Austin. Events are held outdoors at Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703. In the case of inclement weather, lectures are held indoors.

Here’s the schedule for this month’s event:

  • 7:00 pm: Snacks, kids activities, and displays of local animals and plants found at Brackenridge Field Laboratory will be available.
  • 7:15 pm-7:45 pm: Guided tour of the field lab (wear sturdy shoes and bring water)!
  • 8:00 pm: Settle in, because the talk begins now!
  • 8:45 pm: Q&A with the speaker.

 

 

 

Location: Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, Texas 78703