March 2020 Distinguished Speaker: Dr. Donald C. Johanson: The Lucy Story
When: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7 PM
Where: Dandini Campus, Reno, Sierra Building, Room 108
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“Although the 3.2 million-year-old Ethiopian fossil skeleton, known as Lucy, was found some 45 years ago it still plays a vital role in our understanding of how humans evolved. The discovery captured public attention and has become iconic. This discovery is the touchstone by which subsequent finds are compared and judged. She and other fossil human specimens attributed to her species prompted the naming of a new species, Australopithecus afarensis, and a significant alteration in details of the human family tree. Older and more complete human ancestors have been recovered and are testing Lucy’s place in our ancestry. Why is Lucy still so important today? How well has she stood the test of time since her first announcement? What does she have to tell us about our place in nature? Finally, does Lucy have a future? These and other questions will be illustrated and considered. This program is made possible by a grant from Nevada Humanities.
Funding for this event provided by Nevada Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities.”
“It is the aim of the TMCC Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) to bring a broad spectrum of speakers to the College to enrich the academic lives of students and community members.
The opportunity to hear a variety of speakers and attend different events offers a greater understanding of different cultural perspectives to participants.”