Science on Tap
Monthly Science and Technology Presentations and Discussions
Join the Colorado Springs Science Center for Science on Tap every 2nd Monday of the month at Jack Quinn’s in downtown Colorado Springs. A wide variety of fascinating topics are presented by local scientists for informal discussion, and the relaxed atmosphere encourages anyone and everyone to come explore the latest ideas in science and technology. From practical to theoretical, the presentations and group interactions provide a fun and interesting way to gain an understanding of the world around us.
Beyond Chimpanzees: What Lemurs, Monkeys and Other Primates Can Teach Us About Human Evolution
September 8, 2014
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Jack Quinn's Irish Alehouse & Pub
Assistant Professor Krista Fish
Department of Anthropology Colorado College
Because of their close relationship with humans, anthropologists study chimpanzees and other great apes to model the biology and behavior of ancestral humans. However, the focus on apes may be too limiting. Broadening our approach to include monkeys and more-distant relatives such as lemurs and bushbabies provides a powerful dataset for identifying traits that are uniquely human. In particular, nocturnal primates are frequently overlooked by anthropologists, but investigating these primates may provide clues to the origins of human diets, social behaviors, communication, and cognitive abilities.
Krista is a biological anthropologist with a research focus on primate ecology and evolution. Her early research took her to the Bocas del Toro archipelago in Panama and to southern Madagascar where she investigated the responses of primates to human disturbances. Currently, Krista is studying the ecology of nocturnal primates. She is interested in understanding how factors such as body size, predator pressure, and light levels shape the lives of nocturnal primates in order to model the nocturnal/diurnal transition that occurred early in primate evolution.
Science on Tap is a free event and reservations are not required; however, you’ll need to pay for any drinks and food. Jack Quinn’s is located downtown at 21 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903.