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PubTALK – Thumbs up! The evolution of our hands

February 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For the first pubTALK of the Spring Term, we are excited to welcome Dr Tracy Kivell who will be discussing ‘Thumbs up! The evolution of our hands’.

With our opposable thumbs and dextrous fingers, the human hand is known for its remarkable manipulative abilities that are critical to almost all aspects of our daily life. The evolution our dexterity is traditionally thought to be a result of no longer needing our hands for locomotion and, in particular, using our hands for tool-use. However, recent fossil human and archaeological discoveries, as well as research on other primates, suggest that the evolution on the human hand is much more complex and that tool-use has been a part of our evolutionary history for much longer than traditionally thought.

In this talk, Tracy Kivell will discuss what is unique about the human hand, what we share with other primates, and what the hand skeletons of newly-discovered fossil human ancestors, such as Homo naledi, can tell us about the evolution of our hands.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and entry is free of charge. Everyone is encouraged to stay behind after the talks to continue the discussions for a drink or two. Please see our website for more information –

Looking forward to seeing you there! 🙂


February 5, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Jolly Sailor, Canterbury


The Jolly Sailor, Canterbury
75 Northgate
Canterbury, CT1 1BA United Kingdom
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