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Roy Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award: Lecture

Date: Friday, April 26th, 2019

Time: 4:30 pm

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Wilson Theater,
Mayer Hall,
700 College St, Beloit, WI 53511

Contact: Ruth Carlson,, 608-346-3939

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Neil Shubin, Ph.D has been named recipient of the 2019 Annual Roy Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award. Shubin will be the 17th recipient of this prestigious award.

Neil Shubin is an evolutionary biologist and paleontologist.  He is the Robert R. Bensley Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago and elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.  He, along with colleagues Ted Daeschler and Farish Jenkins, discovered Tiktaalik rosea, a 375-million-year-old "fish with hands."  Such transitional fossils are key to Shubin's research focusing of the evolution of limbs of vertebrates.  He supports his evolutionary hypotheses with fossils found during extensive field study in Greenland, Canada, Argentina, China, Morocco, the deserts of the U.S. and, currently, Antarctica.

Shubin has written two popular science books:  Your Inner Fish, winner of the best book of 2008 by the National Academy of Sciences and basis of the Emmy Award-winning, three-part PBS series and The Universe Within:  The Deep History of the Human Body (2013).

Shubin's acceptance lecture will be on April 26th at 4:30 p.m. – Wilson Theatre in Mayer Hall on the Beloit College Campus. The acceptance lecture is titled "Finding Your Inner Fish" The lecture is free and the public is welcomed.

Immediately following the lecture, a celebratory fundraising dinner will be held in the Sanger Science Center on Campus. Paid reservations are required and can be made via the Society website,


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