Don't miss the launch of Darwin's Hunch: Science, Race and the Search for Human Origins by Christa Kuljian
Jacana Media, WiSER and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Paleosciences invite you to the launch of Darwin’s Hunch: Science, Race and the Search for Human Origins by Christa Kuljian.
The event will take place at Wednesday, 2 November at 6 PM.
See you there!
About the book:
In 1871, Darwin predicted that humans evolved in Africa. European scientists thought his claim astonishing and it took the better part of a century for Darwin to be proven correct. From Raymond Dart’s description of the Taung Child Skull in 1925 to Lee Berger’s announcement of Homo Naledi in 2015, South Africa has been the site of fossil discoveries that have led us to explore our understanding of human evolution.
Darwin’s Hunch reviews how the search for human origins has been shaped by a changing social and political context. The book engages with the concept of race, from the race typology of the 1920s and ’30s to the post-World War II concern with race, to the impact of apartheid and its demise. The book explores the scientific racism that often placed people in a hierarchy of race and treated them as objects to be measured.
In 1987, the publication of “Mitochondrial DNA and Human Evolution” suggested that all living humans could trace their ancestry back to an African woman 200,000 years ago. Again, many scientists and the general public in the West were slow to accept such a claim.
- Date: Wednesday, 2 November 2016
- Time: 5:30 for 6 PM
- Venue: Sandton Library Auditorium
Nelson Mandela Square
West & Rivonia streets
Sandton | Map
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- Darwin’s Hunch: Science, Race and the Search for Human Origins by Christa Kuljian
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