Whither human evolution? Who were our ancestors, where did they come from and how did we as a species acquire language? In the current issue of insightLMU, anthropologist Gisela Grupe and population geneticist Wolfgang Stephan highlight crucial stages in the evolution of our species Homo sapiens. To learn how species diverge and new species evolve, LMU geobiologist Gert Wörheide travels to the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea to collect and study sponges, one of the most ancient of extant animal lineages.
Scientific reasoning, what it is and how it develops, was the central theme of the very first REASON Spring School, which hosted 45 doctoral students from all over the world, who had been invited to share research data with each other and obtain helpful feedback from renowned faculty. LMU graduate Felix Klühr chose a practical approach and creates mobile study material for university students across Europe. In insightLMU he explains what motivated him to co-found a start-up.
And those readers who need a pre-summer trip might care to visit LMU’s Spear-Bearer, currently domiciled in London. insightLMU explains why the sculptural centerpiece of the University’s Main Building is temporarily based in the British Museum.