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Astronomy Lecture

Astronomy Lecture

Humans Evolving: A Story of Adaptation, with Dr. Leslea Hlusko

Co-sponsored by The Leakey Foundation

Join us on Friday, October 10 at 7 pm for our Astronomy Lecture, “Humans Evolving: A Story of Adaptation,” presented by Dr. Leslea Hlusko of the University of California, Berkeley. The lecture, adapted for the Grainger Sky Theater’s unique 360-degree dome environment, will lead the audience on a journey through seven evolutionary snapshots that trace our lineage from before the split with chimpanzees to inhabiting six of the seven continents we live on today. Along the way, Dr. Hlusko will explore how human evolution, geography, and climate change are intertwined and how humans are subject to the same evolutionary forces that influence all of Earth’s life forms.

This event is part of the Astronomy Department’s Astronomy Lecture Series and is presented in partnership with The Leakey Foundation, whose mission is to increase scientific knowledge, education, and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival. 

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Dr. Leslea Hlusko is Associate Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her many research projects include the curatorial rescue of Mary Leakey’s excavated fossils at Olduvai Gorge. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a research associate with the Kenyan National Museums and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the 2014 recipient of the American Cultures Program Innovative Teaching Award.

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