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LifeTalks - Are Humans Still Evolving?

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Carnon Downs

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Our daily lives may seem, at first glance, to be insulated from the natural environment. In our modern world we can turn the heating up, buy clothes and access clean water. Our diet is not limited to food we grow or gather ourselves, or even limited by the seasons as we have year-round access to our favourite foods through intensive farming and global trade. We also regularly treat injuries and diseases that could have been life threatening in the past. Does this mean that we have successfully buffered ourselves from the effects of evolution? If hazardous environments and diseases no longer pose a threat to our survival, how can natural selection be acting on our species?

We are three PhD students at the University of Exeter with three different perspectives on these questions:

Adam Flitton:
Currently researching: PhD Cultural Evolution, Biosciences Department, University of Exeter
Past: MSc Evolutionary Medicine, BSc Psychology
Alice Williams:
Currently researching: PhD The Evolution of Social Complexity, Biosciences Department, University of Exeter
Past: MSt Archaeology, BA Archaeology and Anthropology
Ian Skicko:
Currently researching: PhD The Evolution of Social Complexity, Biosciences Department, University of Exeter
Past: MSt Archaeology, BA Archaeology and Anthropology

We will give a brief talk to set the scene for the evolution of our species and how that process has shaped who we are today. The talk will introduce our deep evolutionary past in relation to the biological evolution of other species, and go on to discuss our more recent history as seen through archaeology, psychology and cultural evolution. The discussion will then be open to the audience to ask further questions and debate in greater depth whether we, as a species, are still evolving.


In a slighly different format from previous Lifetalks, this session will be based around your questions and discussions. Be prepared to soak up knowledge and debate a BIG question.

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