Harvard University professor of Anthropology Daniel E. Lieberman will hold a free lecture titled "Why Humans Run: the Biology and Evolution of Marathon Running: on April 12th at 6 p.m. at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge.
"This April, over 20,000 runners will participate in Boston Marathon, a remarkable showcase of the best endurance athletes in the world. Humans are "born to run," but why are we so unique among mammals in this ability. Lieberman explores the idea that evolution helped shape the human body, in part to perform well in long-distance running. Such athleticism may have been an integral part of early human hunting or scavenging behaviors, and although no longer necessary for our survival, still persists as a legacy of our evolutionary history," the HMNH website states.
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