The Most Perfect Thing: A Bird's Egg

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
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Egg Postcard Tim Birkhead
Image © Tim Birkhead, Emily Glendenning & Jamie Thompson

EVENING MEETING 18:00–19:00 Thursday 19 October 2017

Birds' eggs are a testament to the remarkable power of natural selection. Incubated in an incredible diversity of situations, from clean nests to muddy cliff ledges, they all produce the next generation of birds. Professor Tim Birkhead explores how eggs are made, the strange way they are fertilised, how and why they are coloured (or not), incubated and hatch. Beautiful and biologically wonderful, eggs are the often-forgotten bit of ornithology.

Tim Birkhead is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Sheffield. He completed a DPhil at Oxford on guillemots in 1976, before taking a lectureship at Sheffield in 1976. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004. His main research interest is on sexual selection, but he is also interested in the history of science. Tim has won several awards for his undergraduate teaching. His book Bird Sense (2012, Bloomsbury) was voted best natural history book of the year by both The Independent and the Guardian.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a wine reception.