Human Evolution

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Walking Upright: The Cost of Human Evolution

The Seminar Paper and Questions

  Walking Upright Seminar Paper

Download the seminar paper and read this in preparation for your in-school workshop prior to the seminar on October 14th, 2010.

Walking Upright Pre-Seminar Discussion Paper

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The Challenge Questions

   Walking Upright Challenge Questions
  • The CHALLENGE QUESTIONS are for discussion in your school workshop after the seminar.
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Useful Resources for this Seminar 

The Evolution and Medicine Review - an online open access journal on Evolutionary Medicine edited by international leaders in this field

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin online

New Scientist's Evolution: 24 Myths and Misconceptions

Centre for Human Evolution, Adaption and Disease (based at the Liggins Institute)

How we are evolving Scientific American October 2010

Resources Written for High School and Undergraduate Students

The Evolutionary Genetics Topic Room at Nature Scitable An excellent resource on evolutionary genetics for high school and undergraduate students

Evolutionary Adaptation in the Human Lineage    Schaffner, S. & Sabeti, P. (2008) Evolutionary adaptation in the human lineage. Nature Education 1(1) 

Natural Selection   Sabeti, P. (2008) Natural selection: Uncovering mechanisms of evolutionary adaptation to infectious disease. Nature Education 1(1)

The Molecular Clock - Estimating Species Divergence  Ho, S. (2008) The molecular clock and estimating species divergence. Nature Education 1(1)

Human Evolution Meyer, A, (2009) Human Evolution ALPHA 138 Royal Society of New Zealand

Online Talks, Lectures and Webinars

American Institute of Biological Sciences talks on evolutionary biology and human health
U.S. National Institutes of Health Evolution and Medicine lecture series

Did early modern humans and Neanderthals interbreed?

Neanderthals may have interbred with humans Nature News 20 April 2010

Neandertal Genome Study Reveals That We Have a Little Caveman in Us Scientific American 6 May 2010

Links to your school programme

This seminar links to the following NCEA Level 3 Achievement Standards:

  • AS 90717 Biology 3.5 Describe processes and patterns of evolution
  • AS 90719 Biology 3.7 Describe trends in human evolution

A list of objectives from your Year 13 programme that link into the seminar can be found on page 2 of the Pre-Seminar Questions and Discussion.

About the Presenters

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman  |   Dr Alan Beedle  |  Dr Tatjana Buklijas  |   Jacquie Bay   |