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The Evolution and Meanings of Human Skin Color

September 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

$10 – $18
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Variation in human skin color has fascinated and perplexed people for centuries. As the most visible aspect of human variation, skin color has been used in the past as a basis for classifying people into “races.”

In this lecture, Nina Jablonski will discuss the evolution of human skin color and how color-based race concepts have influenced societies and social well-being. The evolution of human skin color is one of the best examples of natural selection acting on the human body. In the 200,000 year history of modern humans, similar skin colors have evolved independently numerous times in response to similar environmental conditions. Understanding the evolution and social importance of skin color can help eliminate color-based discrimination and racism.

This event is produced in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

“Early Bird” tickets are $16 or $10 for Leakey Foundation supporters and museum members until September 19.

To receive the discount, call the museum box office at (713) 639-4629 and use the promo code “LECLeakeyFnd.”

Student Admission (at box office with valid student ID) – $8.00

Sponsored by:
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Ann and Gordon Getty
Camilla and George Smith


September 27, 2018
6:30 pm
$10 – $18
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The Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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(713) 639-4629
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