Behaviorally Modern Humans: The Origin of Us

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Event Type: 
Symposium
Event Dates: 
Fri May 10, 2013 @ 1:00pm Pacific - Fri May 10, 2013 @ 5:30pm Pacific
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Current evidence indicates that multiple upright-walking, tool-dependent species in the genus Homo co-existed in the Old World (Africa, Asia and Europe) for most of the last 2 million years. Yet only one surviving species of Homo exists today. Even 100,000 years ago, at least four Homo species shared the Old World. One of the enduring questions of human origins is when, where and how we "Behaviorally Modern Humans" emerged and why and how we eventually replaced all the other human-like species. In the past, competing theories have generated much controversy and even some acrimonious debate. This symposium set aside such theories and debates and took a fresh look at the situation today. The focus was on critical examination of the available evidence from multiple sources, including climate proxies, geology, fossils, archaeology, linguistics, immunology, genetics and genomics, as well as evolutionary neuroscience/cognitive archaeology. While the symposium may not have come to any definitive conclusions, it offered the best interpretation of current evidence, and suggested research agendas for the future. [DOWNLOAD ABSTRACTS AND BIO FILES BELOW]

 

Event Sessions

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DateFilesSession TitleSpeakersLocation
Fri 5/10WelcomeMargaret J. SchoeningerUCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
Fri 5/102013_05_10_02_Intro2Background and Introductory RemarksAjit VarkiUCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
Fri 5/102013_05_10_03_PottsAfrican Climate of the Last 400,000 YearsRick PottsUCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
Fri 5/102013_05_10_04_StringerFossil Record of Anatomically Modern HumansChris StringerUCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
Fri 5/102013_05_10_05_BrooksEast African Archaeological EvidenceAlison S. Brooks

Sally McBrearty
UCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
Fri 5/102013_05_10_06_WadleySouth African Archaeological EvidenceLyn WadleyUCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
Fri 5/102013_05_10_07_HammerInterbreeding with Archaic Humans in AfricaMichael HammerUCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
Fri 5/102013_05_10_08_EhretRelationships of Ancient African LanguagesChristopher EhretUCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
Fri 5/102013_05_10_09_BarYosefEvidence for the Spread of Modern HumansOfer Bar-YosefUCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
Fri 5/102013_05_10_10_GreenInterbreeding with Archaic Humans Outside AfricaRichard "Ed" Green UCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
Fri 5/102013_05_10_11_DavidsonStone Tools and Cognition: Lessons from AustraliaIain DavidsonUCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
Fri 5/102013_05_10_12_WrapUpWrap-Up and OverviewAlison S. BrooksUCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
Fri 5/102013_05_10_13_QandAQuestion and Answer SessionAjit Varki

Alison S. Brooks
UCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
Fri 5/10Closing RemarksFred GageUCSD - Liebow Auditorium, School of Medicine
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