Lucy’s Legacy Revisited

Join anthropologist Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Ph.D., a curator of “Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia,” to consider the fossil and genetic evidence that shapes our understanding of humankind’s distant past. Includes a private guided tour of the human evolution section in the Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Lucy legacy bone fragments

What makes us human? Who were our ancestors? Where do we come from? Join anthropologist Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Ph.D., a curator of the world-renowned 2007-2013 exhibit “Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia,” to explore these age-old questions. Travel back in time to remote parts of Africa and walk with our earliest ancestors as they evolved and explored our planet. Consider the fossil and genetic evidence that shapes our understanding of humankind’s distant past and learn how some of that past is still buried inside of us. The course also shares new scientific evidence about Lucy, the 3-million-year-old African skeleton featured in the “Lucy’s Legacy” exhibit. The class includes a private guided tour of the human evolution section in the Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Image courtesy of the Houston Museum of Natural Science

Details

Section Instructor Format Schedule start datesort descending
GHUM1427.S18.1 Dirk Van Tuerenhout On-campus 7–8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018

SECTION: GHUM1427.S18.1
INSTRUCTOR: Dirk Van Tuerenhout
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 7–8:30 p.m.
START DATE: Apr. 12, 2018

Instructor: Dirk Van Tuerenhout

Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Ph.D., is curator of anthropology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, where he specializes in human cultures. He took part in excavations of late Roman ruins in his native Belgium and of Maya ruins in Belize and Guatemala. Dr. Van Tuerenhout helped organize “Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia,” in which the actual skeletal remains of an early hominid—known as Lucy—were displayed. He also oversees the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas and co-curates the Hall of Ancient Egypt. He regularly serves as curator of traveling exhibitions such as “The Dead Sea Scrolls” (2004), “Mummy: The Inside Story” (2005) and “The Cave Paintings of Lascaux” (2014). Dr. Van Tuerenhout holds a master’s degree in ancient history and another in art history and archaeology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and a master’s degree and a doctorate in anthropology from Tulane University.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: Apr. 12, 2018

End Date: May 17, 2018

Schedule: 7–8:30 p.m.

Length: Six Thursdays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $200

Early Registration: $190 if registering by March 29

Rice Alumni: $180

CEUs: 0.9

Note: May 17 field trip held at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

+ Studying human origins: revisiting Lucy and her legacy, concepts and building blocks in studying human origins

+ The fossil record and insights about the first humans, the human mind, language and social organization

+ Archaic humans in the Pleistocene epoch: tools, traditions and behavior

+ Origins and the diaspora: human migrations and mobility

+ Out of Africa: Europe and Eurasia

+ Exhibit tour: Houston Museum of Natural Science

Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation for the course field trip.

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