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Did cavepeople really live in caves?

presented by Shara Bailey, New York University

There are many conveniences in modern times, from cars to grocery stores. But how did ancient humans live before we invented things like these? Find out in this workshop, plus take home books to keep and a free Curiosity Kit to support learning at home. This session is for kids ages 5-8!

The Big Question is a free series hosted by Adams Street Library and Walt Whitman Library, in collaboration with Brooklyn Book Bodega. At six individual sessions from April-June, experts will present interactive workshops designed to answer some of life’s biggest questions. Children will also take home books about what they learned to build their home libraries. Visit our Event Series page for more information and to sign up for future sessions.

This program will take place in Commodore Barry Park; we recommend bringing a blanket to sit on.

Rain location: Adams Street Library. Register to save your spot and be informed if the location changes to a virtual platform or the rain location.


Photograph of Shara BaileyShara Bailey is a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Anthropology, New York University and the Director of the Center for the Study of Human Origins. Bailey’s research focuses on using teeth to answer questions about human evolution. She has studied human teeth from around the world - including the Americas, Europe, China, Indonesia and Africa – and across deep time, from 4.4 million years ago to the present. She has published research on Neanderthals and modern human origins, including the earliest modern humans from Europe and Africa. She is often called upon to diagnose and interpret new hominin finds, including new human species such as Homo floresiensis (a.k.a. “the hobbit”) and Homo naledi.  She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and a co-edited volume on Dental Perspectives on Human Evolution with Springer Press. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, The History Channel, National Geographic and PBS/Nova.  Dr. Bailey believes one cannot live on doing science alone. When not traveling around the world, she spends her time painting, hiking with her maltipoo Millie, and hanging out with her daughter.

To preview Dr. Bailey's work you can check out her talk "Rewriting Modern Human Origins" on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USMY3SvqEws

BKLYN Incubator is supported by generous funding provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

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