What does it mean to be human? How did humans evolve in the past, and how are we evolving now? When and where did major points in our evolution happen, and why is it important?
Learn the answers to all of these questions and more with the Paleontological Research Institution and Tompkins County Public Library through “Darwin Days 2017: Exploring Human Evolution.”
Featuring family-friendly activities, film screenings, guest speakers and more, join us for our annual celebration of the life and ideas of Charles Darwin, February 12th-18th.
A full schedule of events follows.
Sunday, February 12, 2:00 PM
“Inherit the Wind”
Join the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) and Cinemapolis for a screening of the 1960 film “Inherit the Wind,” a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial. PRI Director Warren Allmon will give a short introduction to the film and the trial’s significance to the teaching of evolution.
Tickets to the showing are $7 and are available at www.cinemapolis.org.
Monday, February 13, 7:00 PM
Panel Discussion – Exploring Human Origins: The Evolution of Social Behavior
Researchers from Ithaca College and Cornell University will speak on the evolution and history of primate and hominin social behavior. Rob Ross, PRI Associate Director of Outreach, will provide a brief introduction to the topic and speakers for the evening. Panelists will discuss their own experiences or interests in the topic, and then will take questions from the audience for open discussion. Panelists will include: Lisa Corewyn (Department of Anthropology, Ithaca College), Jennifer Muller (Department of Anthropology, Ithaca College), and Tom Volman (Department of Anthropology, Cornell).
Wednesday, February 15, Time: TBD
Hominid Evolution with Science Cabaret
join us as Science Cabaret for a night focused on hominid evolution.
Thursday, February 16, 6:00 PM
Cornell University, Goldwin Smith Hall Room G64 (Kaufman Auditorium)
The Pensive Primate: Origins of Modern Human Cognition
Ian Tattersall, paleoanthropologist and curator emeritus with the American Museum of Natural History, traces the major events in human physical and cognitive evolution over the last 4-plus million years, with an eye to asking the question “how and when did we become fully human?” The key innovation that distinguished the first behaviorally modern humans appears to have been that of symbolic reasoning and thought, which may have been stimulated by the invention of language.
Friday, February 17, 7:00 PM
The Rhine House
Darwin’s Trivia Night
Test your knowledge on Darwin and evolution through eight rounds of science, biology, and evolution- based trivia questions for teams of up to 6 people. Prizes will be provided to the first and second place winning teams!
Paleolithic Family Day
Paleolithic Family Day will be a fun, family-friendly educational event. Discover Paleolithic culture through arts and crafts, educational displays, and special presentations suitable for all ages.
Our special guest presentations will include a program on Flint Knapping by Professor Sebastien Lacombe (Binghamton University) from 10:00 – 12:00 PM and on Stone Age butchery and cooking by Associate Professor Maureen Costura (Culinary Institute of America) from 12:00 – 2:00 PM. At 2:00 PM there will be Questions and Refreshments.
Paleolithic Family Day is included with regular admission to the Cayuga Nature Center and is free for members, no RSVP required.