Speed, Sweat, and Stamina: How Animals Are Adapted to Run


Saturday, December 9, 2017, 1:30pm to 3:30pm


Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Amy Gunzelmann, HMNH Science Educator

Join us to explore the amazing ways animals have evolved to run; as fast sprinters and as slow long-distance endurance runners. Come learn about current biomechanics research with graduate students from the Departments of Human Evolutionary Biology, and Organismic and Evolutionary Biology here at Harvard. Get an insider’s look at some of the tools used to study how animals move. Experiment with hands-on activities exploring sleek skeletons, mighty muscles, and springy tendons. Become a museum detective and spot animal adaptations for running in our galleries. Throughout the program, we’ll learn about the unique adaptations that you yourself have, as a result of our own evolution as efficient endurance runners. All activities are designed to be fun and interactive experiences for families with children aged 8 – 13 to learn together.

Fees:  $10 members/$20 nonmembers, per person includes admission to the museum. Participants are encouraged to come early or stay late and explore the museum before or after class. This program is not appropriate for children under 8 years of age.

Advance registration required. Families must register at least one adult and one child for this program.

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