Welcome to Dorset Humanists

Dorset Humanists is a welcoming group for humanists, atheists and agnostics who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We meet in Bournemouth for informative and enjoyable presentations, debates and discussions on a wide range of subjects including ethics, science, religion, philosophy, politics, our environment and much more. We also organise regular social events.

Animal Journeys: Migration and Navigation

Animal Journeys 13 August 2016Saturday 13th August 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Emeritus Professor Norman Maclean

What is it that makes animal migration such a magnificent spectacle? Is it the sheer abundance of wildlife in motion, or the amazing feats of precise navigation required to reach the distant destinations that must be somehow coded in genetic memory?

Animal migrations are one of the great wonders of the animal world, made all the more interesting as so many mysteries remain about it. In this talk, Norman Maclean will be exploring our current understanding of this fascinating subject, with a special focus on the various navigational systems used by different species - from navigating by the sun and stars, to using exotic supersenses that rely on quantum entanglement to guide the animals on their way!

Norman Maclean is an Emeritus Professor of Genetics at Southampton University. His research interests and writings span genetics, genomics, fish, conservation of wildlife and molecular biology, and he has written and edited many popular books on nature and genetics. His books include: Silent Summer: the state of the wildlife in Britain and Ireland, A Less Green and Pleasant Land: Our Threatened Wildlife and Animals with novel genes.

“Join us for a fascinating afternoon exploring the mysteries of animal migration”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

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