Past Meetup

Darwin Day Lecture 2014: How to make a human

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This event got moved to a bigger venue because tickets sold out too fast in their usual venue - so please book quickly to avoid disappointment.


How to make a human: Embryological and evolutionary development of a human.

Presented by Professor Alice Roberts and chaired by Professor Richard Dawkins.

From the British Humanist Association.

It’s the closest we ever come, as humans, to a transformation as profound as that from a caterpillar into a butterfly. In the first two months of our existence, each of us changed from a single egg to a flat disc, to a hollow tube, to a little creature with stumpy arms and legs, to something that looked recognisably human. And in the course of that embryological development, there were echoes of earlier stages of evolution, harking back to very ancient ancestors - ancestors we share with insects, fish, amphibians and reptiles.

About Alice Roberts

​Alice Roberts is a clinical anatomist and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. She has presented a range of programmes on BBC2 including Coast, Wild Swimming, The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, and Prehistoric Autopsy. She is also to be heard on Radio 4. She has authored four popular science books about anatomy and human evolution, and writes a regular science column for the Observer.


£15 (£10 concessions). Please book your own ticket from the British Humanist Association website (and more info) ( - and please let us know in comments that you've bought your ticket. Thanks.

Meeting up

6pm - We will meet at Apostrophe in Brunswick Square ( Bloomsbury London WC1N 1AW from 6pm. We will leave here at 6.45pm so please meet us outside/inside the lecture hall if you miss us there. I'll post my number the night before so you can text me if you can't find us.


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