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    Thank you for joining us in November

    for an engaging evening at the Metropolitan Club in New York City

The Fat of the Land

What Ancient Bones tell us about the Origin of the Human Diet

an evening with Jessica Thompson PhD

You are invited to join the Institute of Human Origins (IHO) Research Council, Director William Kimbel, and Founding Director Donald Johanson for a lively and engaging evening at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

Cocktails and conversation will be followed by a compelling presentation by ASU doctoral graduate and IHO alumnus Jessica Thompson PhD.

Fat of the land: What ancient bones tell us about the origin of the human diet | Jess Thompson

When and how did our ancestors first make the evolutionary jump from a plant-eating primate to the meat-consuming creature we are today?

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson PhD

Jessica Thompson has led a team of scientists (including her IHO advisor Curtis Marean) that proposes a provocative new theory suggesting that, prior to the advent of stone-tool making, scavenging inside-bone nutrients, such as marrow fat, was the critical first step in our becoming the planet’s top predatory species. Thompson proposes a timeline for this transition that is much earlier than previously thought.

An assistant professor at Emory University, Thompson conducts multidisciplinary research on the first deep-time cultural and paleoenvironmental timeline for human evolution in east-central Africa. Her field work in Malawi is documenting human-environment interactions between 100,000 to 40,000 years ago—at a time that saw major behavioral innovation in the human lineage—while in Ethiopia, she is working at the 3.5–3.0 million-year-old Hadar and Dikika sites to understand the most ancient transformations in early human diet.

Thank you to all who joined us for the story of the “human predatory pattern.”


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Friday, November 9, 2018
5:30 to 8:30 pm
The Metropolitan Club, NYC

Tickets are $200 per person
to benefit IHO research, operations, and scholarship programs

AMNH Docents contact Julie Russ directly for ticket purchases.

For more information or to RSVP directly, contact Julie Russ (480.727.6571 or jruss@asu.edu)

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