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Menno Schilthuizen, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, the Netherlands


Wednesday 19 November 11:00


Sir Neil Chalmers seminar room, Darwin Centre LG16 (below Attenborough studio)



As all taxonomists know, in many animal groups, the genitalia are the organs that differ most between species. Although this clearly means that genital evolution must be particularly rapid, the causes for their evolutionary diversification have only recently begun to be understood. I will show examples of various processes that may or may not drive male and female (and hermaphrodite) genital evolution, such as the lock-and-key hypothesis, cryptic female choice, sperm competition, and sexually antagonistic coevolution. A popular account of this field of research can be found in my recent book Nature's Nether Regions (Penguin, 2014).


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