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Why We Prevailed: Evolution and the Battle for Dominance

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Saturday, June 2, 2012
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Tishman Auditorium at The New School

We once shared the planet with Neanderthals and other human species. Some of our relatives may have had tools, language and culture.  Why did we thrive while they perished? Join evolutionary biologists, geneticists and anthropologists as they share profound insights about the origin of man and retrace our singular journey from fledgling prototype to the most dominant species on Earth.

This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.
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  • John Hockenberry

    John Hockenberry is an award-winning journalist with twenty-five years experience in radio, broadcast television and print. He is the host of WNYC and PRI’s The Takeaway, a correspondent for PBS Frontline, and a noted presenter and moderator at conferences such as TED, Aspen Ideas, and the World Science Festival. More »


  • Alison Brooks

    Anthropologist Alison Brooks is Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at the George Washington University and a founding member of the Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology. More »
  • Ed Green

    Genome Biologist Ed Green has helped pioneer the use of advanced genetic sequencing technology to read ancient DNA extracted from fossilized bones. In 2010, he and large collaboration of other scientists announced that they had used 40,000-year-old bone fragments excavated in a cave in Croatia to map out the genetic code of Neanderthals, humans’ long-dead ancestral cousins. More »
  • Chris Stringer

    Paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer is a distinguished paleoanthropologist and a founder of the “Out of Africa” theory, the most widely accepted model for how modern humans evolved and spread across the globe. More »
  • Edward O. Wilson

    Evolutionary Biologist and Author E.O. Wilson is a life-long explorer of the natural world whose pioneering studies of ants have led to revolutionary insights across a wide range of fields, from evolution to animal and human behavior. More »