Teen SciCafe: Mysteries of Human Hair

Part of Teen SciCafe

Saturday, April 1, 2023

A woman's face, silhouetted against the sky, her curly hair outlined against purple and red hues of a sunset. Courtesy of A. Villegas/Unsplash
Why do humans have the bulk of our hair on our heads, not our bodies? 

This important but often neglected evolutionary question is central to the work of Tina Lasisi, a biological anthropologist at the University of Southern California. In this SciCafe, Lasisi will tease out the mysteries behind why humans have scalp hair and why we may have developed different hair textures as we’ve evolved. She will share the unique methods used in her research, including the use of robots with wigs to understand the thermoregulatory role of scalp hair and its protection against solar radiation, as well as her insights on why tightly curled hair is unique to our species. 

Adults are welcome but must be accompanied by a Teen (Ages 13 - 19). 

SciCafe: At the Root of Human Hair is presented in collaboration with The Leakey Foundation.

The American Museum of Natural History gratefully acknowledges Amazon for its sponsorship of the Teen SciCafe series. 

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