SEMINAR - HYBRID EVENT: How Repeatable is Evolution?

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: SCAS SCAS, Linnéanum, Thunbergssalen, Thunbergsvägen 2 Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Jessica Abbott, Natural Sciences Fellow, SCAS. Senior University Lecturer in Eukaryote Evolutionary Genetics, Lund University
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Klas Holm
  • Seminarium

Jessica Abbott, SCAS and Lund University, gives a seminar on "How Repeatable is Evolution?". The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.


With recent discoveries of exoplanets outside of our solar system, the question of whether life could evolve on other planets is becoming increasingly relevant. But given that we know of only one origin of life, our own, can we draw any general conclusions about other unknown potential life forms? I will argue that by combining general evolutionary principles with what we know about the speed and frequency of the evolution of various properties of life on earth, we can make educated guesses about the course of evolution on other planets. I will provide an introduction to evolution and natural selection, and then speculate whether a number of major transitions in complexity are likely to be universal properties of life or not.

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