The Evolution of Beauty

How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World — and Us

With Richard Prum

William Robertson Coe Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Curator-in-Charge of the Peabody’s Division of Vertebrate Zoology


Monday, May 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Yale Peabody Museum

Free admission

Reception & book signing to follow



Do the Peacock's brilliant tail and the lovely song of the Wood Thrush encode information about mate quality? Or are they merely beautiful? In The Evolution of Beauty, Peabody Museum curator Rick Prum explores how sexual beauty evolves in the living world, including insights into the evolution of human sexuality.


Join us at 5:00 pm on May 8 for a lecture and book signing.



Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

170 Whitney Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511