The Evolution of Human Physical Activity- POSTPONED

Event Date (Pacific Time): 
May 15, 2020 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Chairs:

Tatum Simonson, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Dan Lieberman, Harvard University

NOTE: The time slot for this event has been taken by "Impact of Infectious Disease on Humans and Our Origins", an all online event on May 16, 2020. The planned line-up for this event will be postponed to a later date (subject to speaker and venue availability).

Exercise is well known to provide many health benefits, and human physical activities differ significantly from other species. Although hunter-gatherers sometimes climb and fight, they also walk long distances bipedally (the topic of a previous CARTA symposium) as well as run, dig, throw, carry and more. How, when and why did these capabilities evolve? What genetic, physiological and anatomical adaptations underlie them? And how did the evolution of human physical activity affect other key human characteristics such as enlarged brains, high-quality diets, extended life-history strategies, gene-culture co-evolution and high levels of cooperation? To address these and other related questions, this symposium will integrate research on genetics, biomechanics, physiology, neurobiology and behavior. Because more and more humans today are primarily sedentary, we will also explore implications of the evolution of human physical activity for contemporary health and disease.​

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