Spencer Wells

Spencer Wells

Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project

Spencer Wells, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of ‘56 Professor at Cornell University

Genetics has revolutionized our understanding of human diversity. It is now widely accepted that our species originated in Africa within the past 200,000 years, and that we started to populate the world outside of Africa only in the past 60,000. Using data from hundreds of thousands of people, including members of the general public, the Genographic Project is deciphering the migratory routes followed by early humans as they populated Earth. New results from the project will be presented and discussed.

Spencer Wells, Ph.D. is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and Frank H. T. Rhodes Class of ‘56 Professor at Cornell University. He leads the Genographic Project, which is collecting and analyzing hundreds of thousands of DNA samples from people around the world in order to decipher how our ancestors populated the planet. Wells received his Ph.D. in population genetics from Harvard University and conducted postdoctoral work at Stanford and Oxford. He has written three books, The Journey of Man, Deep Ancestry and Pandora’s Seed, and has appeared in numerous documentary films. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, a filmmaker.

Made possible, in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science, by the generous support of our sponsors — Wells Fargo Bank, The Brown Foundation and Wallace S. Wilson.

Monday, March 7, 2011 @ 6:30 pm Houston Museum of Natural Science | Houston, TX Tickets: Adults $17, Students $12, Leakey Foundation & HMNS members $12. Information and tickets: 713.639.4629

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AuthorBeth Green