In 1871, Charles Darwin published The Descent of Man, a companion to On The Origin of Species in which he attempted to explain human evolution. Darwin called this topic, “the highest and most interesting problem for the naturalist.” The fossil record of human evolution has grown exponentially since then.
On Saturday, February 13, The Leakey Foundation is hosting a free online event that will explore how scientific ideas are tested and examine why some of Darwin’s ideas have withstood more than a century of scrutiny, while others have not.
“A Most Interesting Problem” is a celebration of Darwin’s 212th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Descent of Man. This event brings together seven world-class scholars and science communicators to explore what Darwin got right and what he got wrong about the origin, history, and biological variation of humans.
Speakers include Darwin biographer Janet Browne, science journalist Ann Gibbons, paleoanthropologist Yohannes Haile-Selassie, and Jeremy DeSilva whose book A Most Interesting Problem: What Darwin Got Right and Wrong About Human Evolution inspired the event.