Being Human: Born and Evolved to Run

Being Human: Born and Evolved to Run

Why did humans become such efficient long-distance runners? How can runners avoid injury? Join Daniel Lieberman on July 28th and learn about the evolution of endurance running.

Humans and our recent ancestors have been accomplished endurance runners for more than a million years, and this evolutionary history as runners partly accounts for why aerobic exercise is such a key component of human health. However, despite our long history as runners, studies suggest that at least 30% of runners get injured each year!

Join us as we explore how the human body evolved to run and how evolutionary insights can be used to prevent many kinds of injuries.

Daniel Lieberman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences at Harvard University, and a member of the Scientific Executive Committee of The Leakey Foundation. His research is on how and why the human body is the way it is, with particular foci on the origins of bipedalism, how humans became superlative endurance runners, and the evolution of the highly unusual human head. Lieberman has published 3 books and more than 100 articles. His latest books are The Evolution of the Human Head (Harvard University Press, 2011), and The Story of the Human Body (Pantheon, 2013).

Being Human mixes short talks from great minds with fun hands-on experiments, drinks, conversation, and storytelling. Each month we’ll explore different aspects of our evolution, our behavior, and the human experience.

$10 - $15


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