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Who is Günter Bechly? Here’s part of his Wikipedia entry:

Bechly studied biology at the University of Hohenheim and zoology, parasitology and paleontology at the University of Tübingen. In 1999 he finished his PhD thesis on the fossil history and phylogeny of dragonflies and damselflies. After working for nearly a year as scientific volunteer in 1999, Bechly began became curator for amber and fossil insects at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart. He left the museum in December 2016. He has made research visits to the Museum of Comparative Zoology and other natural history museums.

Bechly’s research as palaeoentomologist is mainly focussed on the evolution, phylogeny, and fossil history of odonates and other basal pterygotes, and fossil insects from the Upper Jurassic Solnhofen Plattenkalk of Germany and the Lower Cretaceous Crato Formation of Brazil, as well as diverse amber inclusions. Bechly described about 167 new species and numerous higher taxa, including a phylogenetic re-classification of dragonflies and damselflies. The description of the new fossil insect order Coxoplectoptera in 2011 provided new clues to the evolution of insect wings and received broad international media coverage.

In 2009 Bechly organized as project leader the special exhibition “Der Fluss des Lebens – 150 Jahre Evolutionstheorie” at Rosenstein Castle, which attracted over 90.000 visitors and was one of the largest events of the “Darwin Year” celebrations in Germany.

The clip is from the documentary, Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines.

You can find more information about him here.


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