Dr. Daniel Gebo
The idea that organisms can change has never received broad public support. This is curious since scientists of all stripes have continued to add and test information that shows over and over again how organisms do in fact change. The paleontological record of primates is one such record. Dr. Gebo will discuss the theory of evolution in connection to the origin of higher primates (monkeys, apes and humans) and he will share how students in the classroom and in his lab become engaged over this fundamental shift in perspective.
Daniel L. Gebo has been a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University since 1987. He holds a Presidential Research Professorship (1998), a Presidential Teaching Professorship (2008), and a Board of Trustees Professorship since 2008. His primary research area is in primatology where he has conducted field work in rainforests and in deserts across four continents (N. and S. America, Africa, and Asia). His research focus is on primate locomotion. His current field project is in Inner Mongolia (China) where he is actively engaged in finding the earliest fossil primates. He has published 80 scientific articles including three in the elite scientific journals of Nature and Science.
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Last Updated: 07/10/2014