The Story of the Human Body

  • The California Academy of Sciences 55 Music Concourse Drive San Francisco, CA 94118 US
Dr. Daniel Lieberman and friends.

Dr. Daniel Lieberman and friends.

with Dr. Daniel Lieberman, Harvard University 

How and why is the human body the way it is? What did evolution adapt our bodies for? And how is the human body changing today? To address these questions, this lecture will examine the major evolutionary transformations that shaped the human body since we diverged from the apes, and how our bodies have further evolved and changed for the better and the worse since the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. As we try to chart a better future for the human body, thinking about our evolutionary past is more relevant than ever for preventing the expanding burden of chronic diseases whose symptoms we must increasingly treat.

Tickets : $15 general admission / $12 Leakey Foundation & Academy members
or by phone at 1-877-227-1831

*Despite what event tickets may read, the parking garage will be open. You may park for a flat rate of $15.*

About Daniel
Daniel Lieberman is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences, a Harvard College Professor at Harvard University, and a member of the Scientific Executive Committee of The Leakey Foundation. He was educated at Harvard (AB ‘86, PhD ’93) and Cambridge (M.Phil. ’97). His research is on how and why the human body is the way it is, with particular foci on the origins of bipedalism, how humans became superlative endurance runners, and the evolution of the highly unusual human head. Lieberman has published 3 books and more than 100 articles. His latest books are The Evolution of the Human Head (Harvard University Press, 2011), and The Story of the Human Body (Pantheon, 2013).

Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank
Presented in collaboration with California Academy of Sciences.