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September 13, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Wayne State University Planetarium 0209 Old Main | Map
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff


Join us for our Science Under the Dome lectures September through May at the WSU Planetarium.

Join us Thursday September 13, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. for Edible Insects and Human Evolution

Presented by Dr. Julie Lesnik
Wayne State University Department of Anthropology

Researchers who study ancient human diets tend to focus on meat eating because the practice of butchery is very apparent in the archaeological record. Julie Lesnik highlights a different food source, tracing evidence that humans and their hominin ancestors also consumed insects throughout the entire course of human evolution. Lesnik combines primatology, sociocultural anthropology, reproductive physiology, and paleoanthropology to examine the role of insects in the diets of hunter-gatherers and our nonhuman primate cousins. Because of the abundance of insects & the low risk of acquiring them, insects were a reliable food source that mothers used to feed their families over the past five million years. 

Copies of Dr. Lesnik's new book on this topic will be available for sale at the event, and she is happy to autograph your copy.  

The planetarium has seating for 60 people. Please RSVP to reserve your seat.

For more information about this event, please contact Megan McCullen at 313-577-6455 or