A evolução humana e por que é importante: uma conversa com Leakey e Johanson

quarta-feira, maio 11, 2011


Human Evolution and Why It Matters: A Conversation with Leakey and Johanson

Original Broadcast: May 5, 2011 6:30pm 

TIME: 1:28:06

Celebrating decades of groundbreaking exploration in East Africa, renowned paleoanthropologists Donald Johanson and Richard Leakey will share the stage to discuss the overwhelming evidence for evolution in the hominid fossil record and why understanding our evolutionary history is so important.

Known for such landmark discoveries as "Lucy" (Johanson) and "Turkana Boy" (Leakey), the work of these two scientists has produced much of the fossil evidence which forms our understanding of human evolution.

Looking back over careers spanning 40-plus years, these men will share the stories behind their monumental finds and offer a look at what's ahead in human evolutionary research.

This historic event is made possible through a joint partnership of the American Museum of Natural History, the Arizona State University Institute of Human Origins, and the Turkana Basin Institute, headquartered in the U.S. at Stony Brook University.


Source/Fonte: American Museum of Natural History



Apesar de serem dois especialistas famosos, Leakey e Johnson, suas descobertas terem lançado alguma luz na história evolutiva dos fósseis por eles descobertos, o status epistêmico sobre a evolução humana é .

Considere cum grano salis esta declaração:

“Something extraordinary, if totally fortuitous, happened with the birth of our species….Homo sapiens is as distinctive an entity as exists on the face of the Earth, and should be dignified as such instead of being adulterated with every reasonably large-brained hominid fossil that happened to come along.”

Anthropologist Ian Tattersall, curator at the American Museum of Natural History.