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Dr. Hans Thewissen to Speak at Mount Union College February 26

February 19, 2007

Dr. Hans Thewissen, associate professor of anatomy at the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM), will speak at Mount Union College on Monday, February 26 at 4 p.m. in Room 100 of Tolerton & Hood Hall.

He will be discussing much of his research, which has focused on the land to water transition of whales, dealing especially with organ system adaptations. Thewissen has been traveling to India since 1992 and to Pakistan since 1984 where he has excavated fossils of early whales, seacows, crocodiles, sharks and primates.

A faculty member at NEOUCOM since 1993, he earned bachelor and master of science degrees from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan. His research interests include the evolution of whales, the evolution of flight in bats, evolution of primates and patterns of bone formation in the human skull.

Thewissen's presentation is sponsored by Beta Beta Beta, Mount Union's biology honorary. Beta Beta Beta will hold a raffle for a 1 GB iPod Shuffle in conjunction with the presentation. Tickets are 50 cents and can be purchased the day of the event or by contacting Kevin Burls at burlskj@mountunion.edu. The winner will be announced after the presentation.

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