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Unnatural Selection


Unnatural Selection: An Evening with Katrina van Grouw
Friday, June 15, 2018

Spend an evening at the Nature Museum with celebrated illustrator/author Katrina van Grouw as she discusses her new book, Unnatural Selection, a lavishly-illustrated survey of how evolution is expressed in selective breeding. Book signing to follow.

Unnatural Selection is a stunningly illustrated book about selective breeding—the ongoing transformation of animals at the hand of man. More importantly, it’s about selective breeding on a far, far, grander scale; a scale that encompasses all life on Earth. We’d call it evolution.

A world away from academic textbooks, books by Katrina van Grouw combine science and art in ways which challenge accepted genres. They’re works equally intended for scientists and artists, indeed anyone with an appreciation of beautiful books and the natural world.

Katrina will talk about Darwin, evolution and selective breeding, discuss the challenges and rewards of her work, and relate some interesting tales of anatomical preparation…

Presented in partnership with the Illinois Science Council.

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About the Author

Katrina van Grouw

Katrina van Grouw, author of The Unfeathered Bird and Unnatural Selection (both published by Princeton University Press), inhabits that no-man’s land slap bang between art and science. She holds degrees in fine art and natural history illustration, and is a former curator of ornithological collections at a major national museum. She’s a self-taught scientist with a passion for evolutionary biology and its history. After a long and varied career on both sides of the art/science divide she now devotes her time exclusively to her books which, for her, “tick all creative and intellectual boxes.”

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