Human Evolution in Structured Populations

28-04-2016 by Laura Green

Dr Eleanor Scerri and Dr Heidi Eager (Cornell University) have organised an evening symposium entitled ‘Human Evolution in Structured Populations’ on the 1st of September, 2016, funded by the British Academy of Arts and Social Sciences, The Galton Institute and the Wellcome Trust. The symposium will explore the archaeological, fossil and genetic data that suggest that the emergence of our species occurred within a set of subdivided populations located across Africa, rather than within a small and isolated East African population. The event will therefore consider the complexity of our origins and will provide a context for evaluating competing models within an interdisciplinary context invoking structured populations, which affect how data are interpreted.

The symposium will feature four keynote speakers:

Professor Chris Stringer (Natural History Museum, London) will discuss the palaeoanthropological diversity of the African Middle and Late Pleistocene.

Professor Alison Brooks (George Washington University) will discuss the archaeological evidence for material culture diversity in the African Middle and Late Pleistocene.

Dr Lounes Chikhi (CNRS, Toulouse and Inst. Gulbenkian, Lisbon) will talk about the genetic evidence of popuation structure in the early history of our species, Homo sapiens.

Professor Peter deMenocal (University of Columbia) will talk about the palaeoclimate diversity of the African Middle and Late Pleistocene.

The event will be held in the Mackinder Lecture Theatre, School of Geography and the Environment, commencing at 6pm. The event is public and free tickets can be obtained from eventbrite.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/human-evolution-in-structured-populations-tickets-24997496184

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The symposium will be followed by a short wine reception.

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