Being in Madrid, I’m unable to indulge in the gustatory excess that so characterizes America on this day, but don’t pity me: tonight the evolution conference is having our official Congress dinner by the penguin tank (the pingüinario) at Madrid’s Faunia Nature Park. I see that the polar exhibit has no fewer than six species of pingüinos on display. I am of course, a penguinophile, and am much looking forward to it. Here are our dinner companions:
I wonder if we’ll have fish for dinner!
The meeting of the Spanish Society for Evolutionary Biology has been great so far. It’s well organized and they’re treating us excellently. Sadly for me, many of the talks are in Spanish, and though I’ve gone to a few, my comprehension is abysmal. Most of the plenary talks, though, have been by anglophones. I talked on speciation, Richard Fortey gave an engaging talk on the morphology and presumed lifestyle of trilobites (he’s a delightful man who has enlightened me in several conversations about these ex-beasts), Helena Cronin talked this morning about innate differences between men and women and how they translate into performance in the workplace, and tomorrow Nick Lane, author of the fine book Life Ascending, will discuss the role of mitochondria in evolution.
So enjoy el pavo; I’ll be sitting at the table with aquatic birds.