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What Can Evolutionary Biology Tell Us About the Origin and Spread of Human Agriculture?
Thursday, December 10, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:00 PMFree
St. Louis County Library – Zoom, St. Louis, MO United States
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. CLICK HERE to REGISTER! Registrants will receive Zoom information via email immediately after registering.
Featured Speaker: Carlos Botero, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis
Modern humans existed for at least two thousand years as hunter-gatherers before developing agriculture around 12,000 years ago. Biologist Carlos Botero uses the tools of evolutionary biology to test fundamental ideas related to why this transformative innovation originated where it did and spread so quickly around the world. He shares what the data tell us about the commonly held notion that environmental and geographic barriers significantly delayed the spread of cultural advances in Africa and the Americas and led to measurable disparities in development as compared to Eurasia.
What Can Evolutionary Biology Tell Us About the Origin and Spread of Human Agriculture? is a Science in St. Louis Series partnership program of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis and St. Louis County Library. Science in St. Louis is underwritten in part with support from Boeing and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, sponsoring the full array of Academy STEM Teens programming.