A Giant Advantage: Baseball in Our Bones

A Giant Advantage: Baseball in Our Bones

“A Giant Advantage: Baseball in Our Bones,” examines how the ability to precisely throw a baseball is distinctive to human evolution.

Nathan Young, evolutionary biologist and UCSF professor, will be discussing how species develop and evolve their characteristic shape and size. He will look at limb proportions and relate human’s unique athletic abilities, specifically pitching and throwing, within the sport of baseball to the actual evolution of our bodies.

Also relating his perspective of baseball in our bones is Dr. Ken Akizuki, orthopedic surgeon for the San Francisco Giants. Dr. Akizuki will talk about his background treating players injuries and how many cases he sees are the result of repetitive stress.

Science Speakeasy: Fake or Fact?

How can you tell what’s fake and what’s fact when it comes to science? Join New York University biological anthropologist Dr. Todd Disotell and Science Friday’s Undiscovered podcast co-host and producer Elah Feder for an evening separating the fantastical from the factual.

Disotell will discuss how he uses DNA evidence to test hypotheses on everything from the intricacies of our evolution to the existence of “Bigfoot.” Feder will share a story about a science headline gone wrong and her quest to find the truth.

Science Speakeasy mixes science with storytelling and blends learning with conversation, drinks, food, hands-on experiments, and more.

The Leakey Foundation

Science Speakeasy is a program of The Leakey Foundation.

The Leakey Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco. The Leakey Foundation advances human origins research and offers educational opportunities to cultivate a deeper, collective understanding of what it means to be human. We provide venture capital for scientists through research grants and share their groundbreaking discoveries.

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6pm - Mix and mingle. Food from Sage Bakehouse and drinks from Public Works' bar are available for purchase. Cash only. ATM available.

7pm - Explore how our favorite baseball pitchers and our spear-throwing ancestors use the same evolutionary advantage to reach the top of their game with anthropologist Nathan Young and SF Giants orthopedic surgeon Ken Akizuki (15 minute intermission between talks).

This event has limited seating which is available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. For best chance at seats arrive before 6:30pm. Doors do not open until 6:00pm.

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