Why Exercise Really is the Best Medicine
Membership Lecture, The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers
Few people think of evolutionary biology or anthropology when they see a doctor, but they should. To understand how and why our bodies are the way they are requires consideration of the evolutionary and cultural histories of our bodies. Many lines of evidence indicate that the evolution of human hunting and gathering was made possible by a suite of adaptations that transformed our ancestors into superlative endurance athletes. This history continues to shape our bodies today. In this illustrated lecture, evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman argues that an evolutionary perspective offers crucial insights for figuring out how to help people prevent illness and promote good health.