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Darwin Speaker Series Continues With Humans as an Evolutionary Patchwork

Dr. Alan Walker, the Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology and Biology at the Pennsylvania State University, will address Humans as an Evolutionary Patchwork as part of Duquesne University’s speaker series Darwin at 200: Contributions and Challenges.

This year marks the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his work, The Origin of Species. In recognition of that, Duquesne is hosting the speaker series as part of Darwin Celebration 2009: A Pittsburgh Partnership, a series of events designed to improve public understanding of Darwin’s legacy and his ideas that form the fundamental basis for all modern biology and medicine.

A paleoanthropologist who works on primate and human evolution, Walker is an elected fellow of the British Royal Society and is a Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences. “Although we imagine ourselves to be perfectly integrated functional entities, we are made of parts that have been added together and adjusted through evolutionary compromise over enormous amounts of time,” said Walker, about his presentation. “Some of our parts have ancient origins and others have been added much later. The fossil record and comparative anatomy and genomics allows us to tell which parts were added when, and in some cases why.”

Co-sponsored by the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne, the lecture is free and open to the public. Act 48 credit for K-12 teachers is available.

When: Thursday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Duquesne Union Ballroom, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave.

Information: For more information on the Darwin at 200 speaker series and Darwin Celebration 2009, call 412.396.6332 or visit www.duq.edu/darwin2009.

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