Join us for the inaugural Bill Brown Distinguished Lecture in Biological Sciences. The lecture series will kick off featuring Ann Gibbons, contributing correspondent for Science magazine and the author of The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors. Gibbons will be discussing, Gut Instincts, the Evolution of Diet: Do We Have Stone Age Bodies in a Fast Food World?
About the lecture:
As modern humans swept out of Africa and spread around the world in the past 80,000 years or so, they adapted to many different habitats, with a variety of climates, diseases and sources of food.
Today, we carry the legacy of those adaptations in our genes and gut bacteria, which influence how we digest foods, absorb sugars and burn calories–and how well we tolerate the high fat, sugar and salt in the Western diet.
Some experts say that we should eat a Paleo diet more like that of our Stone Age hunter-gatherers. But what’s on those ancient menus may surprise you.
I will trace the evolution of modern humans and our diets and show how our ancestors adaptations to diverse habitats, lifestyles and diets influences our health today.
About Ann Gibbons
Ann Gibbons is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine and the author of The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors, which was a finalist for the LA Times best science and technology book. She also has taught science writing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and written about human evolution for National Geographic, SLATE, Smithsonian magazine and other publications. She has been awarded the 2018 National Academy of Sciences Communication Awards for best magazine/newspaper article; the 2014 Society of American Archaeology Gene S. Stuart Award; the National Academy of Sciences 2013 Communication Awards for best magazine/newspaper article; and the 2012 Anthropology in Media Award from the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for a decade’s worth of stories on human origins and evolution.