Fanged frogs of South­east Asia fea­tured at Speaker Se­ries

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This week’s edi­tion of the 2017 Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries fea­tures. Dr. Ben Evans, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of the Bi­ol­ogy De­part­ment at McMaster Univer­sity, who will give a pre­sen­ta­tion en­ti­tled “Eco­log­i­cal Op­por­tu­nity and Adap­tive Ra­di­a­tion of Fanged Frogs in South­east Asia.”

Adap­tive ra­di­a­tion is when a group of Dr. Ben Evans, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of the Bi­ol­ogy De­part­ment at McMaster Univer­sity will de­liver his talk en­ti­tled “Eco­log­i­cal Op­por­tu­nity and Adap­tive Ra­di­a­tion of Fanged Frogs in South­east Asia” at this week’s Speaker Se­ries. an­i­mals evolve into dif­fer­ent forms to fill dif­fer­ent roles in their en­vi­ron­ment.

In his talk, Dr. Evans will pro­vide ev­i­dence for an ex­am­ple of an adap­tive ra­di­a­tion; the fanged frogs of South­east Asia. Dif­fer­ent species of fanged frogs have unique char­ac­ter­is­tics, in­clud­ing body size and re­pro­duc­tive strat­egy that al­low them to co-ex­ist in the same habi­tat. Through com­par­i­son to frogs in the Philip­pines and other species of an­i­mals, Evans will dis­cuss how fanged frogs un­der­went rapid spe­ci­a­tion on Su­lawesi, and how this fast-paced evo­lu­tion led to re­mark­able changes.

He will also ex­plain the broader con­text of fanged frog evo­lu­tion for con­ser­va­tion and evo­lu­tion­ary stud­ies.

The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries talks are free and open to the pub­lic. They are held ev­ery Thurs­day un­til April 27 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mu­seum au­di­to­rium. Speaker Se­ries talks are also avail­able on the Mu­seum’s YouTube chan­nel: youtube.com/user/Roy­alTyrrel­lMu­seum.

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