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Why Care About Hair?

January 12, 2021 @ 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

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Join evolutionary biologists Tina Lasisi and Liz Tapanes to learn why our hair is the way it is.

Over the past months, you may have noticed everyone on your virtual calls getting a bit….well…..shaggy. Have you ever stopped to wonder – why do we have hair? Why is there so much variation? What is its role? Is there any relationship between the hair of a lemur at a zoo and the hair on your head? And are there aspects about our hair that are uniquely human?

Join The Leakey Foundation’s Young Professionals Group for a barber shop talk with two evolutionary biologists and hair enthusiasts, Tina Lasisi and Liz Tapanes. Learn more about hair from a practical perspective, from a social perspective, and from the many overlapping disciplines that have shaped how we think about hair.


Tickets to this virtual event are free, so bring your friends!

Donations to The Leakey Foundation are optional and greatly appreciated. Your donation will be matched, so your gift will be doubled! Support science and get cool prizes.

  • If you give $25 you will receive a 12 oz. bag of delicious Stumptown Hair Bender coffee – provided by our friends at Stumptown Coffee Roasters!
  • If you give $50 you will receive the Hair Bender coffee AND a mustache face mask.

About the speakers:

Tina Lasisi is a biological anthropologist and PhD Candidate and part of the Jablonski Human Evolution and Diversity Lab and the Shriver Anthropological Genomics Lab at Penn State University. Her research focuses on the evolution of human hair variation.

Elizabeth Tapanes is an evolutionary biologist and PhD Candidate at The George Washington University’s Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology where she is part of the Primate Genomics Lab. Her research focuses on the evolution of hair in non-human primates.

The Leakey Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to increase scientific knowledge, education, and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival.

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