The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease
Public Lecture, Book Launch, and Reception
6:00 PM Thursday, September 26, 2013 Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St., Cambridge). A book launch reception will follow at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (26 Oxford St.).
Daniel Lieberman (Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard) celebrates the release of his new book which tells the evolutionary story of the human body, examining the significant transformations that the body has made over the millennia.
From the advent of bipedalism, to the rise of hunter-gatherers and the development of a very large brain, the human body has accumulated key adaptations that grant us exceptional athletic endurance and intelligence. The effects of cultural evolution, however, mean that our bodies are now subject to conditions to which they were never adapted. In this illustrated lecture, Lieberman will explore the effects of these forces on our health and longevity.
Co-sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University and the Harvard Museum of Natural History