Frightful Tales from the World of Venom

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
0207 434 4479 ext 211

LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 31 October 2018

Ronald Jenner
© Trustees of the NHM

In the arena of animal evolution, venom beat strength, stealth, speed and cunning by millions of years. It is, in fact, the oldest animal weapon, and is so useful for predation, defence, competition, but also mating, habitat construction, parasitic feeding, and more, that it has evolved dozens of times in groups as different as molluscs and mosquitos. During this Halloween lunch talk you will have an intimate meeting with the painful, paralysing, blood curdling, hallucinogenic, haemorrhaging, aphrodisiacal, and zombifying effects of venom, as different branches of the animal tree of life wield this chemical Swiss army knife for their own nefarious purposes.

Dr Ronald Jenner is Research Leader in the Department of Life Science at the Natural History Museum, where he works on neglected venomous invertebrates and the conceptual history of phylogenetics.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is not essential, but to secure your place we recommend booking a ticket.
  • Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 12:15.
  • Tea will be served in the Library following the event.

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