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Citadel News Service
13 Feb 2006

Beard to speak on evolution

Dr. Chris Beard, a world-renowned expert on primate fossils, will speak on the origins of monkeys, apes and humans on Thursday, February 16 at 8 p.m. at The Citadel. The talk will be in Duckett Auditorium. Dr. Beard is the curator and head of the section of vertebrate paleontology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pa.

His talk is sponsored by the Department of Biology in conjunction with the College of Charleston’s celebration of Darwin Week.

Dr. Beard has spent more than 20 years conducting field work in North America, Asia, and Africa, searching for our distant primate ancestors. In 2000 he received a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship which is often referred to as a genius award.

In his talk Dr. Beard will focus on his work in China and Myanmar that documents a previously unknown phase in the evolution of monkeys, apes, and humans. These new fossil discoveries demonstrate that the ancestors of monkeys, apes and humans originated in Asia millions of years earlier than paleoanthropologists had previously believed.

Dr. Beard is the author of The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey: Unearthing the Origins of Monkeys, Apes and Humans.

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