There's something fishy about this week's Speakers Series lecture at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.
Conrad Wilson is a research assistant at the University of Calgary and he has a passion for all things piscene.
As Dr. Francois Therrien of the Tyrrell explained, it's also a homecoming of sorts for this week's feature speaker.
"Conrad has been one of the (Encana Badlands Science) camp counsellors for several years. He's one of those kids who have gone as teenagers to the science camp, then grew up to be camp counsellors and now they're pursuing a career in paleontology."
So, why fish?
"There's about 25,000 different species of fish alive today. Compare that to mammals, where there's only 6,000 species."
Add to that the fact that all large terrestrial animals: mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, evolved from fish and you see the importance of the topic.
"Fish have a very long evolutionary history; they appeared almost 500 million years ago," explained Therrien. "That's basically the topic of interest of Conrad: he's really interested in studying the evolution of ray finned fish."
This week's Speaker Series leacture will get underway at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday in the Tyrrell auditorium. Admission is free.