November 17, 2007

The Secret Science Club presents "Evolve!" on Wednesday, December 5 @ 8 pm

AMNH Paleontologist Michael Novacek lectures on Evolution, Biodiversity, and Mass Extinction @ 8 pm
Earth to humans, Earth to humans . . . is anybody there?

Michael Novacek of the American Museum of Natural History discusses how biodiversity and ecosystems evolved from the Age of the Dinosaurs onward to create an ideal environment for a novel new species--Homo sapiens. And now, Dr. Novacek warns, Homo sapiens is transforming that environment so rapidly that Earth may not be habitable in future.
In fact, Earth is experiencing what scientists call the Sixth Extinction as thousands of plant and animal species are pushed into oblivion by habitat destruction, overfishing and overhunting, the introduction of invasive species, pollution and climate change.

The provost of science at the American Museum of Natural History, a world-renowned dinosaur hunter, and the author of Terra: Our 100-Million-Year-Old Ecosystem—and the Threats That Now Put It at Risk, Dr. Novacek takes the long view and asks: Why are ecosystems essential to human survival? How did Homo sapiens co-evolve with other species? Can we change our ways and save the planet?

Don’t miss this (r)evolutionary tour of Earth’s history! And tumultuous future . . .

--Groove to naturally selected tunes, and check out the apocalyptic video by scientist/filmmaker Alexis Gambis.

--Imbibe the "Hungry Hyena" a ferocious cocktail that will determine the survival of the fittest.

--Buy and have Dr. Novacek’s sign his awesome new book, Terra: Our 100-Million-Year-Old Ecosystem—and the Threats That Now Put It at Risk

The “Secret Science Club” meets December 5th at 8 p.m. in the basement @ Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn, p: 718.638.4400 Subway: R to Union St.; F to 4th Ave.; Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic

No cover charge. Just bring your smart self.

Doors open at 7:30. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE.

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