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Science Public Lecture - Not the sincerest form of flattery

B1, School of Physics & Astronomy
Thursday 21st April 2022 (18:00-19:00)
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Not the sincerest form of flattery;The puzzle of imperfect Batesian mimicry

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This form of deception, known as Batesian mimicry, provides some exquisite examples of evolution by natural selection, and has fascinated biologists since Darwin’s time. However, many conspicuous mimics are far from perfect imitations of their supposed models. So why have they not evolved to be better? Here, Dr Tom Reader will explore possible answers to this question, and show that imperfect mimicry is a powerful test-case for our understanding of how natural selection shapes the appearance of organisms in the natural world.

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