Miegunyah Fellow Prof Bernard Wood discusses our evolutionary history

The Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience recently hosted the 2016 Miegunyah Lecture presented by world renowned paleoanthropologist Professor Bernard Wood. Professor Wood's visit to Australia and the Miegunyah Lecture was organised by Dr Varsha Pilbrow with the assistance of Lill Gardner.

The Professor of Human Origins and Director of the Center of Hominid Paleobiology at the US George Washington University discussed human evolutionary history to a huge energised audience with an abundance of enthusiastic questions.

Professor Bernard Wood

Professor Wood has been researching for over 40 years and has published 17 books and more than 200 scholarly papers. He has pushed disciplinary boundaries in relation to hominin systematics, paleobiology, and evolutionary ecology, and stresses that we still have much to learn about our evolutionary history.

As part of the Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program, Professor Wood spent six weeks in Australia. He presented lectures and seminars at several universities across the country, consulted with staff and students, and engaged in research.

.Dr Varsha Pilbrow, left, and Professor Bernard Wood taking questions at the Miegunyah Lecture.

Professor Wood was very popular with the media. He was interviewed on Conversations with Richard Fidler (ABC Radio), Einstein a Go-Go (3RRR) and Up Close (University of Melbourne).

The Miegunyah Lecture will be broadcast on ABC Radio National (Big Ideas) on 20 September 2016.