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Author Meets Readers: Marlene Zuk “Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live”

Date: 01/25/2013

Time: 3:35 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: 275 Nicholson Hall

Cost: Free


Author Meets Readers

“Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live”


Marlene Zuk
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota


Susan Craddock 
Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota
and to be announced

Abstract We evolved to eat berries rather than bagels, to live in mud huts rather than condos, to run barefoot rather than play football—or did we? Are our bodies and brains truly at odds with modern life? And has evolution stopped for us? Although it may seem as though we have barely had time to shed our hunter-gatherer legacy, Marlene Zuk reveals that the story is not so simple. Popular theories about how our ancestors lived—and why we should emulate them—are often based on speculation, not scientific evidence. What really matters is the rate of evolution, which is sometimes fast and sometimes slow. Instead of trying to live like cavemen, we need to understand that process.



  • Name: Janet McKernan
  • E-mail: mcps@umn.edu
  • Phone: 6126256635
  • Sponsored by: Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science

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