3rd Annual Darwin Day Lecture

To celebrate the 201st anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, Liverpool Humanist Group presents its 3rd annual

Darwin Day Lecture

Professor Robin Crompton

The arboreal origins of human walking

Professor Crompton runs the Primate Evolution and Morphology Group (PREMOG) at the University of Liverpool.  The Group concerns itself mainly with the locomotor systems of primates and hominids, with particular emphasis on the structure and operation of the foot and its interaction with the ground.

Professor Robin Crompton

The talk will focus on the new discoveries and ideas which are coming together to suggest that, far from being a relatively modern evolutionary event, human bipedal locomotion was already pre-adapted for much earlier in our history when our ancestors were still partially or completely arboreal animals. It will show how these discoveries shed new light on the evolution of the great apes as a whole, and the subfamily Homininae, containing ourselves and the chimpanzees, in particular.

Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809. Specifically, it celebrates the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin — the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigour. More generally, Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity.

Date: Wednesday 10th February 2010
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: The Crown (upstairs room), 43 Lime Street, Liverpool L1 1JQ
Cost: TBC

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