Lectures and Special Events
Lonesome George and the Galápagos Today: What the Tortoise Taught Us
September 18, 2014
Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galápagos Islands in 1835 helped him decipher evolution by natural selection, the process responsible for the dizzying abundance of species on the planet. Today, hundreds of those species go extinct each year. In honor of the Museum’s special exhibition of Lonesome George, the famed Galápagos tortoise that was the last of his species, join us for an in-depth conversation about biodiversity and conservation. Uncover the issues and current environmental initiatives in the Galápagos, and explore the possibilities and perils that lie ahead. The conversation will feature Johannah Barry and Linda Cayot of the Galápagos Conservancy, James Gibbs of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Arturo Izurieta, Director of the Galápagos National Park. The discussion will be moderated by the Museum’s Chief Conservation Scientist, Eleanor Sterling.
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May 29, 2015
Stretch your brain to its "limits" in celebration of the American Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibition, Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species.
June 9, 2015
In his new book, The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack, paleoanthropologist and American Museum of Natural History curator Ian Tattersall argues that a long tradition of “human exceptionalism” in paleoanthropology has distorted the picture of evolution.