In episode 16, we share an edited version of Bill Leonard’s April 24, 2018 James R. Bindon Biocultural Anthropology and Health Series lecture at the University of Alabama entitled “Integrating Evolutionary and Biological Approaches to the Study of Human Diversity and Health.” Leonard is the Abraham Harris Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology and the Director of the Global Health Studies Program at Northwestern. He is a past president of the Human Biology Association.

In this talk, he provides an overview of human adaptability studies with particular focus on how adaptation to modernization varies among the sites he has worked in Siberia, Peru, and Bolivia. This full lecture can be found online at

For more about Leonard, go to his website:…m-leonard.html .

The Sausage of Science is produced by Cara Ocobock and Chris Lynn for the Public Relations Committee of the Human Biology Association. The song in the soundbed is “Always Lyin’” by the Morning Shakes.

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