The Western Arctic: Adventures in Alaska
Debbie Miller, naturalist and author of Midnight Wilderness: Journeys in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, shared her experiences hiking and canoeing in the wildlife-rich western Arctic.
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New anthropological research proves that our early ancestors Lucy and Selam climbed trees. So what, and what does that mean for humans?
Lucy and Selam are famous skeletons that belong to Australopithecus afarensis, a direct ancestor of humans that lived between 4 and 3 million years ago. In this Pritzker lecture, Dr. Zeray Alemseged, Irvine Chair and Curator of Anthropology at the Academy, discusses the evidence for climbing behavior in A. afarensis based on new evidence from his own find "Selam," currently the most complete and earliest skeleton of a juvenile human ancestor.
Holly Dunsworth, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Rhode Island, argues that the study of the human genome is the new frontier in scientific research. Dunsworth believes that "to know thyself, is to truly know the epic that is mankind.
The California Academy of Sciences presents an evening of whales. Bill Keener and Jonathan Stern from the Golden Gate Cetacean Research organization talk with Robert Brill, the set designer from the San Francisco Opera, which recently staged the opera Moby-Dick. Also joining the conversation is Samuel Otter, a professor of English at U.C. Berkeley, Jonathan Stern who studies whales, and Bill Keener, an environmental lawyer and the former executive director of the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.
Microbiologist Shannon Bennet brings a whole new area of expertise to the Academy. The Academy of Sciences is the only Natural History Museum in the world that has a curator of microbiology. Hear about her research as she discusses fascinating examples from her work such as how the dengue virus continues to evolve and plague humans since jumping over from non-human primates decades ago.
Dave Blackburn studies the diversity, evolution, and conservation of Amphibians. In this Pritzker Lecture, he discusses the 3 major groups of amphibians – and highlights major themes and major discoveries for each of these groups. He is an assistant curator of Herpetology at California Academy of Sciences.