Lectures and Talks

James Arthur Lecture: On the Evolution of the Human Brain

Monday, February 1, 2016

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Hear  Jean-Jacques Hublin, director of the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, on the topic: How to Afford a Larger Brain? Externalizations in Human Evolution. Dr. Hublin, whose research includes the emergence of homo sapiens and interactions between Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans in Europe, will explore the bio-cultural nature of human evolution in which a species’ modification of its environment creates conditions favorable to its survival and development, and how our brain, which grew strikingly within the genus Homo, played a crucial role in this process. He will track the externalization of vital biological functions to reallocate resources to the energy-intensive brain—up to and including today’s externalization of brain functions themselves.