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Live from the Lab: Stories of Animal Ancestors

Live from the lab

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time and understand how animal life came to be? This series might be your best chance. Join researchers as they ask the same overarching question: what did animal ancestors look like? In an attempt to answer this question, we will discuss modern methods in science, take a look at the fossil record, how cells shape the bodies of different animals and how they evolve. Bring along your burning questions on the origins and evolution of animal life and join in the discussion.


Part 1 – Past and Present: Of Fossils and Spiders

Many pieces of the puzzle that is the history of animal life on Earth are preserved in the fossil record. We’ll kick off the live talks on Monday discussing early animal fossils and what we know about how they are related to modern animals. The story begins with the old fossil collections, and moves on to the experimental lab environment with scientists studying living spiders.


Event information

  • Theme: Past and Present – of Fossils and Spiders
  • Speakers: Graham Budd and Brenda Irene Medina Jiménez
  • Moderation: Siri Kellner and Milena Marinković
  • Participation via Zoom or YouTube
  • Event in English
  • Event host Siri Kellner is looking for participants supporting her research as well as the development of an online exhibition by filling out a short online survey. Participants receive a free museum mask.


Further dates and topics

Further information

  • In cooperation with the EvoCELL-Network.
  • This project has received funding from the Europeans Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 766053.