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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Monkeying Around

I probably wouldn't plug this on the description alone, but I've been to these events before, and they are actually pretty cool. Here's the 411:

WHAT: Biological interaction of African Apes, Monkeys, and Plants in Rainforest
WHEN: May 6, 6:30-8:00 PM

WHERE: The Front Page Restaurant, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, located near Ballston Metro on the ground floor of the NSF building. Parking is available under the NSF Building or at Ballston Common Mall.

WHO: Dr. Joanna Lambert, Program Director, Physical Anthropology
National Science Foundation

HOW: 6:30-8:00 Short presentation, followed by Q&A (Come early to purchase a drink or a meal if you so desire.)No science background required!Free and open to the public

ABOUT THE TOPIC: The monkeys and apes of the Old World are our closest living relatives and also play ecological roles that are critical for forest maintenance and health. Scientists are only now beginning to appreciate the significance of primates as members of ecological communities; tragically, this understanding cannot keep pace with the rate of their decline. The monkey and ape species of Africa, in particular, are undergoing precipitous declines as a consequence of the voracious commercial bushmeat trade. In this discussion, you will learn just how important monkeys and apes are to the plants upon which they rely, and the implications of their decline and loss upon the humans that live in and around these same forests.



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