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Humankind: How Biology and Geography Shape Human Diversity

Speaker(s): Alexander Harcourt

San Francisco, CA

May 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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What effects have other species had on the distribution of humans around the world, and what effect have we had, in turn, on their distribution? And how have human populations affected each other’s geography, even existence? Alexander Harcourt brings these topics together to help us understand why we are, what we are, where we are. It turns out that when one looks at humanity’s expansion around the world, and in the biological explanations for our geographic diversity, we humans are often just another primate. Humanity’s distribution around the world and the type of organism we are today has been shaped by the same biogeographical forces that shape other species.

This lecture is presented in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences with support from Ann and Gordon Getty and Camilla and George Smith.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for members of the California Academy of Sciences or supporters of The Leakey Foundation. You can become a supporter by clicking here.


May 9, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Leakey Foundation
California Academy of Sciences


California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr 94118
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States
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Alexander Harcourt

Alexander H. Harcourt is Professor Emeritus in the Anthropology Department at the University of California, Davis. He is an emeritus member of The Leakey Foundation Scientific Executive Committee. He is the coauthor of Gorilla Society and Human Biogeography and co-editor of Coalitions and Alliances in Humans and Other Animals. He lives in Davis, California.

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