Lauren Sallan

How to win at evolution and survive a mass extinction

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Congratulations! By being here, alive, you are one of history's winners — the culmination of a success story four billion years in the making. The other 99 percent of species who have ever lived on earth are dead — killed by fire, flood, asteroids, ice, heat and the cold math of natural selection. How did we get so lucky, and will we continue to win? In this short, funny talk, paleobiologist and TED Fellow Lauren Sallan shares insights on how your ancestors' survival through mass extinction made you who you are today.

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Lauren Sallan · Paleobiologist

TED Fellow Lauren Sallan is a paleobiologist using big data analytics to reveal how macroevolution, or evolution happens at the largest scales, happens.

TED Fellow Lauren Sallan is a paleobiologist using big data analytics to reveal how macroevolution, or evolution happens at the largest scales, happens.