Anthropogeny: The Perspective from Africa

Event Dates: 
May 31, 2019 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Chairs:

Berhane Asfaw, National Museum of Ethiopia
Lyn Wadley, University of the Witwatersrand

Summary:
Darwin and Huxley first predicted that we humans shared a common ancestor with the African great apes and it is now abundantly clear that Africa was the “cradle of humanity,” with multiple waves of hominins arising on that continent and spreading across the old world, eventually being effectively displaced by our own species, which also arose in Africa. As Svante Paabo put it, “we are all Africans, either living in Africa or in recent exile from Africa." Given these facts, it is not surprising that the strong emphasis of anthropogeny is on the continent of Africa with studies ranging from genetic to paleontological to archeological to primatological to climatological to sociocultural. This CARTA symposium focuses on the contributions of scientists and scholars of anthropogeny who live and work in Africa.

Event Sessions

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Date Media Session Title Speakers
Fri 5/31 File Welcome & Opening Remarks Margaret Schoeninger, University of California, San Diego
Berhane Asfaw, National Museum of Ethiopia
Fri 5/31 File Australopithecus in East and South Africa Job Kibii, National Museums of Kenya
Fri 5/31 File The Chad Basin Likius Andossa, University of N’Djamena
Fri 5/31 File The Archaeology of Konso-Gardula Yonas Beyene, Association for Research and Conservation of Culture; French Center for Ethiopian Studies
Fri 5/31 File The Origin and Development of Fire Technology in Africa Lyn Wadley, University of the Witwatersrand
Fri 5/31 File So, Where Do We Come From? Himla Soodyall, National Health Laboratory Service (Johannesburg); University of the Witwatersrand
Fri 5/31 File Assessing Claims for the “Earliest” Homo sapiens Berhane Asfaw, National Museum of Ethiopia
Fri 5/31 File Klasies River as a 120,000-Year-Old Archive of Human Behavior in South Africa Sarah Wurz, University of the Witwatersrand
Fri 5/31 File The View from West Africa Abdoulaye Camara, Institut fondamental d'Afrique noire (IFAN), Université de Dakar (Sénégal)
Fri 5/31 File Behavior and Settlement Patterns in Coastal Stone Age Communities – Evidence from Stable Isotopes Judith Sealy, University of Cape Town
Fri 5/31 File Wrap-up, Question and Answer Session, Closing Remarks Lyn Wadley, University of the Witwatersrand
All Speakers
Ajit Varki, UC San Diego School of Medicine

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