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(Ithaca, N.Y.) January 31, 2017

For the first time in 11 years, the Paleontological Research Institution’s (PRI’s) annual Darwin Days celebration will highlight human evolution through science, art, history, and culture.

Darwin Days 2017: Exploring Human Evolution will take place February 12th-18th and will be co-presented by PRI and the Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) as part of Ithaca Explores Human Origins.

“We chose this year’s theme to coincide with our on-going partnership,” according to Dr. Rob Ross, PRI Associate Director of Outreach. “The study of human evolution involves people working together from many disciplines and perspectives. Through Darwin Days, we hope to highlight many of the ways we study and interpret our evolutionary past.”

Events will feature local and internationally-renowned researchers from Cornell University, Ithaca College, Binghamton University, and the Culinary Institute of America. The keynote presenter will be Dr. Ian Tattersall, curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History.

Darwin Days 2017 will feature a wide variety of events suitable for various ages and audiences:

  • February 12th - Inherit the Wind, Film Screening with Introduction by PRI Director Dr. Warren D. Allmon, Cinemapolis at 2:00pm
  • February 13th - Exploring Human Origins: The Evolution of Social Behavior, Panel Discussion with Dr. Lisa Corewyn (Ithaca College), Dr. Jennifer Muller (Ithaca College), and Dr. Tom Volman (Cornell University), History Center of Tompkins County at 7:00pm
  • February 15th - Ancient Faces: The Art of Hominid Reconstruction, Science Cabaret, Short Introduction by Dr. Warren D. Allmon, Coltivare at 7:00pm
  • February 16th - The Pensive Primate: Origins of Modern Human Cognition, Keynote Presentation by Dr. Ian Tattersall, Goldwin Smith Hall (Kaufman Auditorium) at 6:00pm
  • February 17th - Darwin’s Trivia Challenge, The Rhine House at 7:00pm
  • February 18th - Paleolithic Family Day, Hands-on Guest Presentations on Flint Knapping by Dr. Sebastien Lacombe and Stone Age Butchery and Cooking by Dr. Maureen Costura, Cayuga Nature Center, 10:00am to 2:00pm

More information and details on events can be found at

Darwin Days 2017 is presented with support from the Derek and Leora Kaufman Charitable Fund, the Tompkins County Tourism Program, the New York State Council for the Humanities, Cornell University, and Ithaca’s Discovery Trail.

About the Paleontological Research Institution

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) pursues and integrates education and research, and interprets the history and systems of the Earth and its life, to increase knowledge, educate society, and encourage wise stewardship of the Earth. PRI is the host of two public venues in Ithaca, NY, the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center, and is an affiliate of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University.