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Clever Guts: Modelling the co-evolution of nervous systems and extracellular digestion in Ediacaran animals

Clever Guts: Modelling the co-evolution of nervous systems and extracellular digestion in Ediacaran animals.

Presented by Associate Professor Michael Paulin from the Zoology Department.

Animals with nervous systems evolved more than 543 million years ago during the Ediacaran period.

Modern animals living in remnant Ediacaran-like niches can inform computational models of Ediacaran animals that lacked nervous systems.

These models have the potential to explain why and how animals with nervous systems evolved in Ediacaran ecosystems, and fundamental mechanisms of human perception and cognition. They can also account for the unexpectedly intimate connection between our guts and our brains.

Many neurotransmitters and neuromodulators that affect our moods and behaviours are also metabolites of acidophilic and fermenting bacteria. Coincidence? I think not.

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Zoom link: https://otago.zoom.us/j/98929322137
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Date Monday, 9 May 2022
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Postgraduate students,Staff
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Seminar
CampusDunedin
DepartmentZoology
LocationThe Biochemistry Building, 710 Cumberland Street, Ground floor, Room BIG13, Dunedin
CostFree
Contact NameJennifer van Eunen
Contact Phone+64 3 479 7734
Contact Emailjennifer.vaneunen@otago.ac.nz

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