Are we cannibals? How did we become meat eaters? Who were our first Hominin ancestors? Why is childbirth so dangerous for mothers? Is altruism written in our DNA? Are humans still evolving?
Such questions get at the heart of what it means to be human. To answer them, one must open a dialogue between modern humankind and the world of our ancestors. At this special bonus Science on Tap, Sang-Hee Lee, PhD, Korea’s first paleoanthropologist and a professor at the University of California—Riverside, will talk about her new book Close Encounters with Humankind that asks fundamental questions about evolution and the human experience. The stories illuminate a core truth about the human race: that our journey is not a straight line but rather a curvy, winding river. Whether discussing the mysteries of the Denisovans, early hominins from Asia and Siberian Russia, or the fossil evidence of monster-sized apes, Sang-Hang Lee invites the reader to join her on a spirited journey, tracking the often strange and always fascinating origins of humanity.