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12:30 - 14:00 17 May 2018

Lunch Hour Lectures on Tour - Is Man Just Another Animal?; Gibbonology: Why Study Southeast Asia’s Small Apes?


Huxley Lecture Theatre and Bartlett Suite at ZSL London Zoo
Outer Circle | London | NW1 4RY | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Steve Jones, Emeritus Professor of Genetics, UCL
Professor Helen Chatterjee, Professor of Biology,, UCL Biosciences & Head of Research and Teaching, UCL Culture

Is Man Just Another Animal?

Homo sapiens shares much of his DNA with the animals in this zoo; with the chimpanzee sharing around 95% of our genes. In Darwin's day such physical similarity seemed to many to drag us down the level of the apes, which was in part why so many refused to accept the theory of evolution. But when we look in more detail at our similarities and differences we are, in many ways a diminished version of our closest relative, in teeth, in hair, in our guts and in our muscles. We have, however, gained a lot in another organ, the brain.

Gibbonology: Why Study Southeast Asia’s Small Apes?

This talk offers insights into the past, present and future of some of the world’s rarest primates, the gibbons, small apes from Southeast Asia. Prof. Chatterjee explores the main drivers which have led to the decline of these enigmatic apes and discusses some of her research which uses data from the fossil and historical records.


Laurie Michel-Hutteau


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