Thursday, January 29, 2015 ǀ 6:30- 9:00 pm
Face to Face with Lucy: 40 years later
The 1974 discovery of Lucy prompted major rethinking about the origins of humankind. Our family tree was redrawn and Lucy was assigned to a new species, Australopithecus afarensis. This species exhibited an intriguing mix of primitive ape-like features, such as a small brain, and human-like characters such as the ability to walk upright, much like modern humans.
Now forty years later it is appropriate to assess the continuing importance of Lucy for human origins studies and also for what she tells us about being human in today's world. More so than ever before it is critical that we reflect on our place in nature and assess our responsibilities to the planet.
Dr. Don Johanson is a leading paleoanthropologist who discovered our benchmark ancestor “Lucy” 40 years ago, along with many subsequent finds. He speaks globally, has co-authored nine books, and is the Founding Director of the Institute of Human Origins.
Copies of Lucy’s Legacy and From Lucy to Language will be available to purchase in the Museum Store.
6:30 pm Doors Open / Reception
7:00 pm Lecture followed by Q&A and book signing
9:00 pm Event concludes
Cost: Free to the public
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