Evolution Matters Lecture Series: Evolution in a Vortex - Fish Diversity in the Lower Congo Area

Evolution Matters Lecture Series: Evolution in a Vortex - Fish Diversity in the Lower Congo Area

Free Harvard Museum of Natural History Lecture: Join curator of fishes, Melanie Stiassny for a discussion of evolution in the Lower Congo.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 6:00pm

Some of the most spectacular cataracts, falls, and gorges on Earth are found in the lower Congo River, in the heart of central Africa, near the twin Congolese capitals of Kinshasa and Brazzaville. This stretch of the river is also home to over 300 different species of fish, many with unique adaptations—including bizarre morphologies—that enable them to survive in an environment with intense rapids. Based on her many years collecting, documenting, and studying the fish in the lower Congo River Melanie Stiassny, Axelrod Research Curator of Fishes, American Museum of Natural History, will discuss in this lecture the river’s unique hydrological and geographical characteristics and their role in driving the evolution and diversification of its exceptional fish fauna.

Free event parking at 52 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA

Presented by Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Harvard Museum of Natural History

Series supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit

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