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New Meetup: Heads Up! How and Why the Amazing Human Head Evolved to Be the Way It Is

Jim B
Group Organizer
Marlborough, MA
Announcing a new Meetup for Inquisitive Minds!

What: Heads Up! How and Why the Amazing Human Head Evolved to Be the Way It Is

When: Thursday, January 27, 2011 5:45 PM

Where: Harvard Museum of Natural History, Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Why do humans have big noses? 

Why are our bodies formed as they are?  Why, for example, are we so well equipped for long distance running, but apes are not?  Think of all the benefits we enjoy in the way of speech, reason, etc, that our brains provide us, but did not evolve to such a level in apes.

Harvard University anthropologist Daniel Lieberman, who in the past has studied human evolution of our running abilities, now considers the human head and evolution.

 “I do seem to end up working on the two ends of the body, and not so much in between,... I never thought that would happen in my career. It’s bizarre.”  

We'll learn more about the interesting evolutionary paradox that the human head presents at Lieberman's lecture.

If there is enough interest, we'll find a local coffee shop, or other place where we can get a drink, and discuss our impressions of the lecture.

To make sure we get seats, plan on getting to the Geological Lecture Hall, (24 Oxford Street, Cambridge), at least 15-20 minutes before 6PM.  

To learn more about professor Lieberman:


Harvard Magazine article on the subject:


To learn about other lectures in this series:


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