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The Montshire Museum of Science is an interactive science center in Norwich, Vermont, with more than 150 hands-on exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. Outdoors, visitors can explore nature trails and exhibits on wind, water, and sound in David Goudy Science Park. Visiting exhibitions, educational programs, and special events are offered throughout the year.

Mar
12
2021

Join Author Jeremy DeSilva in a Discussion about First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

On Tuesday, April 6, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, join author and paleoanthropologist Jeremy DeSilva in a virtual discussion about his new book, First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human. At this free event, which will be conducted via Zoom, DeSilva will talk about the highly engaging evolutionary story that explores how walking on two legs allowed humans to become the planet’s dominant species.

First Steps explores the unusual and extraordinary nature of walking on two legs. A seven-million-year journey to the very origins of the human lineage, this book shows how upright walking was a gateway to many of the other attributes that make us human—our technological abilities, our thirst for exploration, our use of language—and may have laid the foundation for our species’ traits of compassion, empathy, and altruism. Moving from developmental psychology labs to ancient fossil sites throughout Africa and Eurasia, DeSilva brings to life our adventure walking on two legs.

Jeremy “Jerry” DeSilva is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. He is a paleoanthropologist, specializing in the locomotion of the first apes (hominoids) and early human ancestors (hominins). His particular anatomical expertise—the human foot and ankle—has contributed to our understanding of the origins and evolution of upright walking in the human lineage. He has studied wild chimpanzees in Western Uganda and early human fossils at sites throughout Eastern and South Africa.

From 1998–2003, DeSilva worked as an educator at the Boston Museum of Science and continues to be passionate about science education. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Montshire Museum of Science. He lives in Norwich, Vermont with his wife and their two kids.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register for this event at the Montshire’s website, www.montshire.org.

This program is produced in partnership by the Montshire Museum of Science and the Norwich Bookstore. First Steps may be purchased by visiting the Norwich Bookstore or the Montshire Museum of Science’s Museum Store.