What it means to be human presupposes an understanding of what is a human. The emergence of Homo sapiens in the fossil record as a bipedal naked ape is neither linear or simple, and investigating the living primate relatives further blurs the line between what is being human and what is uniquely human. In this talk, Professor Cho will tell the story of our species as a biological organism, a mammal, a primate, an African ape, and human by providing broad overviews of anthropological research frameworks and data.
About the Speaker
Helen Cho is professor of Anthropology at Davidson College. She specializes in biological anthropology, and while her training and research are in human skeletal biology, she’s an anthropologist first and foremost. Cho received her bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and chemistry from the University of Illinois-Urbana, and graduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Cho has been at Davidson since 2002 and teaches a wide range of biological and biocultural anthropology courses that include primatology, medical anthropology, scientific racism, human evolution, and forensic anthropology. Human osteologists are often misunderstood as people entrenched with morbid curiosities, but Cho studies the dead to understand the living!