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From what to eat to when to have children - come and learn what evolution has taught us through the years. Join us for a great night of science chat and for a chance to win Pint of Science goodies!
The menopause. Why does it exist?
Evolution usually favours having as many offspring as possible, but the menopause involves females losing the ability to reproduce midway through their lives. So, why does the menopause exist? Why has evolution favoured its existence? This is a puzzle for evolutionary biologists, especially since the menopause is only known to exist in humans and four marine mammal species. In this talk I'll explore some of the surrent human and marine mammal research that is starting to explain why the menopause exists in humans and marine mammals but not in other species.
The real Paleodiet: What we've evolved to eat.
Agriculture is a recent and dramatic change to what humans evolved to eat. Many argue that quite a few modern diseases have been caused by this radical shift in the human diet. But what did humans evolve to eat? How do we know what the ancestral diet was? In this talk I will discuss evidence for the ancestral human diet and how close or far it is from some evolution-themed diets such as the 'Paleodiet’.