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HOT (Human Origins Today) Topic: How our food has evolved and why pumpkin pie only exists because of woolly elephants

Is Free: 
Free; no advance reservation or ticket required.
November 1, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: One Species, Worldwide Theater; Hall of Human Origins

Humans rely on domesticated plants and animals, and we share complex evolutionary relationships with these key species. Dr. Logan Kistler, Curator of Archaeobotany and Archaeogenomics at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, is an archaeologist who uses ancient DNA from plants to understand the origin stories of our food plants. Join us to learn how the history of our favorite fall fruit is linked with ancient giant mammals.