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Dr. Simon Conway Morris will present annual Dalton Lecture at George Fox University on Feb. 22

A Cambridge professor of evolutionary palaeobiology, Dr. Simon Conway Morris, will present the eighth annual Dalton Lecture at George Fox University at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the school's Bauman Auditorium.

Morris will address so-called evolutionary "myths," such as mass extinctions, human uniqueness and extraterrestrials in a lecture headlined "Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe?"

Morris has traveled extensively, conducting field work in China, Canada, Mongolia, Greenland and Australia, and has won various awards, including the Walcott Medal from the National Academy.

Active in public outreach of science, Morris delivered the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 1996, has made many television and radio appearances and is involved in science and religion debates.

He holds honorary degrees from the University of Uppsala and the University of Hull. In addition to his Cambridge position, Morris is also a fellow at St. John's College.

Morris will also present a scientific talk, headlined "Our Earliest Ancestors: Cambrian Deuterostomes or Just Weird Wonders," at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 in Wood-Mar Auditorium.

Morris' visit is being sponsored by George Fox's Department of Biology and Chemistry. His appearance marks the eighth installment of the Dalton Lecture Series, named for renowned Quaker scientist John Dalton (1766-1844), best known for the development of modern atomic theory. The lecture annually brings in eminent scientists who are Christian.

A George Fox student research poster session and dessert reception will follow Morris' evening presentation.

For more information, call 503-554-2710 or visit georgefox.edu/daltonlecture.

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