International paleoanthropologist and curator to present anthropology lecture at UND


Kate Menzies

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Ian Tattersall will make his way to the University of North Dakota on Thursday, Nov. 6 to present his well-known research on human fossil records and the lemurs of Madagascar.

Tattersall's public talk, titled "The Evolution of Modern Human Thought" is hosted by the UND Anthropology Department. The event will take place in the Education building in Room 113 at 7 p.m. The talk is free and is open to the public.

Tattersall is a paleoanthropologist and a curator emeritus with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. His recent research focus has been on observing species variety and higher-taxa relationships within both the hominid and lemuriform primate groups. In addition to Madagascar, he has conducted research in the Comoro Islands, Mauritius, Borneo, Nigeria, Niger, Sudan, Yemen, Vietnam, Surinam, French Guiana, Reunion and the United States. Tattersall has earned degrees from Cambridge University and Yale University.

The event is designed to coincide with the instruction students are receiving in their Primates and other Anthropology introductory classes.