The price of the pouch: the evolutionary ramifications of mammalian reproductive strategies by UCL Sound published on 2011-12-22T19:21:23Z UCL Lunch Hour Lecture: The price of the pouch: the evolutionary ramifications of mammalian reproductive strategies Dr Anjali Goswami (UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment) Date: 8th December 2011 Mammals are characterized by lengthy maternal care, and this has been linked to manifold attributes of this successful and charismatic group that includes our own species. However, living mammals display remarkable diversity in reproduction, from egg-laying monotremes, to pouch-bearing marsupials, to long-gestating placentals. The obvious differences in species numbers, geographic breadth, ecological and anatomical diversity across these three groups begs the question of how much their divergent reproductive strategies are responsible for their success, or lack thereof. UCL is consistently ranked as one of the world's top universities. Across all disciplines our faculties are known for their research-intensive approaches, academic excellence and engagement with global challenges. This is the basis of our world-renowned degree programmes. Visit us at www.ucl.ac.uk.