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Book Talk: Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face by Adam Wilkins, Ph.D., on March 29th

This post was authored Tomoko Steen, Ph.D., Science Reference & Research Specialist in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress, with contributions by Adam Wilkins, Ph.D.

Wilkins book talkOn Wednesday, March 29th, Dr. Adam Wilkins will discuss his new book, Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face (2017, Harvard University Press). Human ancestors—traced back to primate species which lived over 60 million years ago—had typical mammalian faces that were fur-covered, with muzzles and sloping heads. However, the physical features and degree of expressiveness in a human face is highly unusual among mammals today. This lecture will identify distinctive features of the human face, explore how and why our unique facial features evolved, and detail the critical role facial expression plays in human society.

Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Time: 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

Place: Pickford Theater, 3rd floor, James Madison Building

Free, no reservations needed!

Dr. Adam Wilkins Photo courtesy of Dr. Adam Wilkins

Dr. Adam Wilkins
Photo courtesy of Dr. Adam Wilkins

Dr. Wilkins is a geneticist and evolutionary biologist and is currently a Senior Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up in New York City. Dr. Wilkins obtained a B.A. from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed post-doctoral fellowships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin. Following a period of experimental work in bacteria, bacterial viruses, and slime molds, Dr. Wilkins became involved with scientific writing and editing. His previous books include Genetic Analysis of Animal Development (Wiley & Sons, 1986, 1993) and The Evolution of Developmental Pathways (Sinauer, 2002). From 1990 to 2008, Dr. Wilkins was editor of BioEssays and is currently editor of the “Perspectives” section of GENETICS.

For inquiries about this program, contact Dr. Tomoko Steen in the Science, Technology & Business Division at tste@loc.gov or call the division office at: (202)707-1212. Individuals requiring accommodations for this event are requested to submit a request at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

The lecture will later be broadcast on the library’s webcast page and YouTube channel “Topics in Science” playlist.

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