Date & Time
Monday, April 6, 2020
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Free and open to the public
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
"An engaging, must-read for anyone with an interest in evolution.”— Library Journal (starred review)
Neil Shubin discusses "Some Assembly Required: Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA." He will be joined in conversation by Dr. Lance Grande. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
At the Co-op
About the book: A lively and accessible account of the great transformations in the history of life on Earth--a new view of the evolution of human and animal life that can help to determine whether our presence here is accidental or inevitable.
Over billions of years, ancient fish evolved to walk on land, reptiles transformed into birds that fly, and ape-like primates evolved into humans that walk on two legs, talk, and write. For more than a century, paleontologists have traveled the globe to find fossils that show how changes such as these have happened. We have now arrived at a remarkable moment--archaic fossils coupled with new DNA technology have given us the tools to answer some of the basic questions of our existence: How do big changes in evolution happen? Is our presence on Earth the product of mere chance? This new science reveals a multibillion-year evolutionary history filled with twists and turns, trial and error, accident and invention. In "Some Assembly Required," Neil Shubin takes readers on a journey of discovery spanning centuries, as explorers and scientists seek to understand the origins of life's immense diversity.
About the author: NEIL SHUBIN is the author of Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within. He is the Robert R. Bensley Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago and Associate Dean of Biological Sciences. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2011. He lives in Chicago.
About the interlocutor: Dr. Lance Grande is the Negaunee Distinguished Service Curator at The Field Museum, and is a curatorial scientist in the Integrative Research Center who specializes in evolutionary biology and comparative anatomy. He holds the appointments of: Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of Illinois, Lecturer at the University of Chicago, and Research Associate in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He is also on the Council for the Graham School of the University of Chicago, and on the University’s Committee on Evolutionary Biology.