Monday, February 14, 2005

Urban cliff hypothesis

Gibraltar Museum Public Lecture

A public lecture organised by the Gibraltar Museum on “The Urban Cliff Hypothesis” will take place this Wednesday. The lecture, to be held at the John Mackintosh Hall, will start at 8.30pm.

Dr. Doug W. Larson, Professor at the Department of Botany (University of Guelph, Canada) and project leader of the Cliff Ecology Research Group, will give a unique insight into his latest publication: The Urban Cliff Revolution – New Findings on the Origins and Evolution of Human Habitats.

In it both he and his colleagues compare the modern high-rise towers of the modern day urban landscape to the cave and cliffside dwellings of our ancient ancestors. According to Dr. Larson’s team’s hypothesis, the construction of “our sophisticated habitats owes much to the “cavemen” and “cavewomen” of our past,” said a spokesperson for the Gibraltar Museum.

Dr. Douglas Larson is Professor in the Botany Department and Director of the Cliff Ecology Research Group (CERG) at the University of Guelph, Canada. He is a member of the Canadian Botanical Association and has been associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Botany.

All members of the public are invited to attend. Entrance is free.

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