The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy
We are delighted to invite Members and guests to a virtual event chaired by the Master, Sir Christopher Greenwood, with Magdalene alumnus and Fellow of Girton College, Dr Arik Kershenbaum (1987) as he discusses his new book The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy - What Animals on Earth Reveal About Aliens and Ourselves.
Dr Kershenbaum will be joined in a roundtable discussion by Astronomer Royal and former Master of Trinity, Lord Martin Rees, and Magdalene Fellow and Zoologist, Professor Tim Clutton-Brock, as they consider the possible nature of life on other planets. Dr Kershenbaum argues that the evolutionary processes that are observed operating on Earth are universal, and a necessary requirement for the presence of complex life on any planet. As a result, many aspects of animal behavior are likely to be present in the equivalent lifeforms on alien planets. This includes certain features of social behavior, communication, and movement, the evolutionary origin of which on Earth is underpinned by universal processes.