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What do water striders have in common with Game of Thrones?

Friday 20th Apr 2018, 11.30am

Game of Thrones, the world created by author George RR Martin, has gone from beloved book series to much watched box set; Murder, sex, dragons, incest and a battle for the throne! What more could you want from a TV series? Science of course!

There just happens to be one tiny bug that embodies all of the complex relationships we see played out in the show – it’s called a Water Strider.

On this episode of the Oxford Sparks Big Question’s podcast we visited Dr Jennifer Perry, evolutionary biologist and entomologist to ask: What do water striders have in common with Game of Thrones? Listen here to find out….

*you don’t have to have watched Game of Thrones to understand this episode, and there may be a couple of spoilers!

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