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University of Cambridge Zoology Eureka Moments

University of Cambridge Zoology Eureka Moments

To celebrate the University of Cambridge’s Department of Zoology 150th year we have produced a suite of 11 films with leading academics charting Eureka moments within their specialist fields.

From groundbreaking cancer detection discoveries and natures own mechanical gears to why centipedes only ever have an odd number of leg-bearing segments and the symbiotic relationship of burying beetles to dead mice.

PROFESSOR REBECCA KILNER
The symbiotic relationship of burying beetles and dead mice.

PROFESSOR MALCOLM BURROWS
Natures own mechanical gears.

PROFESSOR MICHAEL AKAM
Why do centipedes only ever have an odd number of leg-bearing segments?

PROFESSOR RON LASKEY
A new diagnostic test for cancer from frogs eggs DNA.

PROFESSOR NICK DAVIES
The curious mating habits of the dunnock.

PROFESSOR JENNY CLACK
How fingers and toes developed before we left the oceans.

PROFESSOR SIMON LAUGHLIN
An office filing cabinet and the key to how eyes and brains process information.

PROFESSOR ANDREW BALMFORD
How can we meet rapidly rising global food demand with least cost to other species on the planet?

PROFESSOR MICHAEL BATE
The fruit fly discovery that helped explain how muscles are made.

PROFESSOR HELEN SKAER
How does an internal organ know how big to grow?

PROFESSOR TIM CLUTTON-BROCK
How natural weaponry in males is directly related to the number of females they can mate with.

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