Seattle Naturalists Winter Lecture - Nov 11

Thor Hanson's "The Triumph of Seeds" shows how grains, nuts, kernels, etc., conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history. Join us to learn more on November 11.
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November 05, 2015
Seattle Naturalists Winter Lecture - Nov 11
The sprouting seed of an almendro tree. Photo by Thor Hanson.

Thor Hanson, conservation biologist and award-winning author, will read from his latest book, Triumph of Seeds, about how seeds not only out-performed their plant rivals but changed how humans have evolved.

Thor is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and an award-winning author. His 2011 book, Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle, won the John Burroughs Medal.

Thor explores how each feature that helped seeds outperform their ancient predecessor, spores, also underlies the reasons humans benefit from them:

  • Early man sought out the nourishment that seeds carry, turning nomads into gardeners.
  • Seeds set themselves up so animals, including man, can help them travel.
  • Seeds become dormant and can be stored – allowing humans to pass them along.
  • Seeds’ defenses are useful, even entertaining, to humans: The search for nutmeg and peppercorns drove the Age of Discovery. Cottonseed sparked the Industrial Revolution. 

This is the first lecture of the Seattle Naturalists Winter Lecture Series

Time: 7-9pm

When: Wednesday, Nov. 11

Where: Goodman A at the Seattle Program Center in Magnuson Park.


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