Image of Dr Tina Lasisi.

Hair and heat load in human evolution

5:00pm - 6:00pm / Thursday 27th May 2021
Type: Webinar / Category: Department / Series: Evolutionary Archaeology Seminar Series
  • Suitable for: Everyone.
  • Admission: Free.
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Humans are unique among mammals in having a nearly naked body but a fur-covered head. However, the evolutionary emergence of scalp hair, the factors contributing to its evolution, and its subsequent diversification remain largely unknown. Among the few discussions of human scalp hair evolution is the hypothesis that hairy scalps may have evolved as protective barriers against solar radiation in bipedal savannah dwellers. With guest speaker Dr Tina Lasisi.

In affiliation with Pennsylvania State University.

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