Talking heads: what bones, stones and DNA tell us about human evolution!

Dr Ian McKay

  • Duration: 90 min
  • Language: English
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Date: June 11, 2021 16:00
  • Recorded: Live session with recording available afterwards
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Evolution says that humans came from monkey!” What, can this be true? In this interactive online workshop, you will get a chance to answer this question for yourself. You will examine the skulls, stone tools and DNA evidence that scientists have used over the years to create a family tree for the human species. Are we a species? See the evidence for yourself. You may be interested in attending this online workshop if you have seen the news about the fossil discoveries that have been made in the Cradle of Humankind and wondered what the fuss was about. Or maybe you find yourselves in arguments about whether human evolution really happened and want to be more informed. Lastly, of course you might just happen to be studying or teaching Grade 12 life sciences. This workshop covers all the big ideas of the human evolution section that is important in the Life Sciences matric exam.


Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences and the Evolutionary Studies Institute of the University of Witwatersrand


Dr Ian McKay is an education and outreach specialist for the Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences and the Evolutionary Studies Institute of the University of Witwatersrand. He has a PhD in Palaeontology, a teaching diploma, and has completed many business courses. Ian’s research interests include public perceptions and understanding of the geosciences, geosciences and school education as well the beautifully preserved 90 million year old fossil insects from Orapa, Botswana which have so much to reveal about climate change and evolution. Ian is also one of the South African council members for the International Geosciences Education Organisation. He is passionate about promoting sustainable geotourism and involving the public in the geosciences with his outreach programme called Palaeontology for All. Ian has over 24 years of experience in education and public engagement of science.