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Ancient DNA





Embark on a captivating journey into the depths of human origins, as we delve into the question that has intrigued humanity for ages: What sets Homo sapiens apart from other hominids? Join us for an enlightening illustrated lecture that will shed light on our unique position in the evolutionary timeline.


Prepare to delve into a fascinating exploration of Ancient DNA research, spanning over three decades of groundbreaking discoveries. Through a series of informative slides, we will unravel the mysteries surrounding the genomes of our extinct relatives, the Neanderthals and Denisovans.


We'll pay homage to the extraordinary achievements of Svante Pääbo, Nobel laureate, whose visionary work in the field of Ancient DNA has revolutionized our understanding of human evolution. Discover the captivating story behind Pääbo's remarkable journey as he unraveled the genetic codes of our ancient relatives, providing unprecedented insights into our shared heritage.


ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Ruth Rigby, a retired researcher and educator, is a passionate presenter who has dedicated her post-retirement years to lifelong learning organizations. Joining the Montreal Community of Lifelong Learning (MCLL) after her 35-year career at The Montreal General Hospital, Ruth immerses herself in new subjects and vibrant discussions with fellow members.


With a deep love for teaching, Ruth has taken on various roles at MCLL, including moderator, lecturer, and even serving as President. Her presentations, inspired by museum exhibits, recent books, and articles, offer captivating insights into a wide range of topics. From exploring the Hudson Bay Company's impact on Canada to delving into the connections between cotton capital, slavery, and the Guardian, Ruth's lectures cover intriguing subjects like ancient DNA, the enigma of Stonehenge, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the enduring legacy of Shakespeare's First Folio.




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