The chattering of the networking and connecting 20-35 year olds milling about the SciCafe venue (the huge lower level circular hall at the north entrance of the AMNH) quieted as Christina Warinner of the University of Oklahoma unveiled the stunning new research her group has pioneered into the ancestry of the human microbiome, the 30 trillion microbes which share our bodies and protect us from disease and other failings, problems which have multiplied as our diet has become industrialized, a trend revealed by her analysis of dental plaque which fossilized in the mouths of people as they lived as long as four thousand years ago just as it does today, preserving the DNA of the microbes as well as the food particles caught in the teeth, and revealing how we might better eat not more strict Paleo – that is impossible since the original forms of foods have changed – but food more conducive to the organisms that are essential for our health.SciCafe: How “Paleo” is Your Diet?
Wednesday, April 6
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Program begins at 7 pm
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis
Free with cash bar
21+ with ID
Enter at 77th Street
Evolutionary biologists argue that no study of human health or evolution is complete without considering the trillions of microbes that live in us or on us—our microbiome. Join molecular anthropologist Christina Warinner of the University of Oklahoma as she explores how scientists are reconstructing the ancestral human microbiome to better understand the lives and health of our ancestors, and whether the popular “paleo” diet has any relation to real human history
The SciCafe Series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.
This SciCafe event is presented in collaboration with The Leakey Foundation.
SciCafe: How “Paleo” Is Your Diet?, The Secret World Inside You, and related activities are generously supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).