June 23, 2008

BONES! Join paleoanthropologist William Jungers at the Secret Science Club on Wednesday, July 2 @ 8 pm

Set the dial on the "Wayback Machine," Sherman. We’re heading for the Paleolithic—and beyond.

One of the world’s most eminent evolutionary morphologists, Dr. William Jungers asks: How have hominids changed over the last 6 million years? What do we know about the behavior of our human ancestors? When (and why) did some primates start walking upright? Are the little people of Flores (Homo floresiensis)—whose 18,000-year-old Hobbit-like bones were discovered in Indonesia in 2004—really a new species of early human? And what happened to the giant lemurs of Madagascar?

Chair of the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine, Dr. Jungers investigates the function and structure of living and fossil primates. His research focuses on the evolution of human locomotion, body size, and biomechanical scaling, as well as vertebrate paleontology.
The former editor of the Journal of Human Evolution, Dr. Jungers has authored more than 100 scientific articles and edited/co-authored several books. He recently received two major grants for his research on evolution—from the Leakey Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

Dr. Jungers is also part of the international team involved in the analysis of the controversial Homo floresiensis bones.

Before and After
--Groove to bone-jangling tunes and video in Union Hall’s subterranean grotto
--Stick around for the scintillating Q&A
--Try our cocktail of the night, the Naked Ape. (It’ll strip you bare . . . )

The “Secret Science Club” meets July 2 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 Ave.

No cover charge. Just bring your smart self.
Doors open at 7:30. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE.
PLEASE BRING ID: 21+. Pocket protectors suggested.