Culture-Gene Interactions in Human Origins

Event Dates: 
Apr 13, 2012 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm

Event Sessions

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Date Media Session Title Speakers Abstract Location
Fri 4/13 File Welcome and Opening Remarks Ajit Varki, Mark Aronoff UCSD - Telemedicine Building, School of Medicine
Fri 4/13 File Origins of Modern Human Behavior Alison Brooks

What constitutes the essential behavior of our species is contentious. Evolutionary scenarios leading to both the capacity for and practice of these essential behaviors are even more debated.... more

UCSD - Telemedicine Building, School of Medicine
Fri 4/13 File Genomic Basis for Dietary Shifts During Human Origins Gregory Wray

As our australopithecine ancestors moved out of receding rain forests and into drier habitats, they abandoned a primarily fruit-based diet and began consuming more meat and tubers.  This increase... more

UCSD - Telemedicine Building, School of Medicine
Fri 4/13 File Culture-led Gene-Culture Coevolution Peter Richerson

In the classic nature-nurture dichotomy, nature has a stronger or weaker influence on nurture, but certainly nurture was supposed to have no impact on nature. Human culture is often taken to be a... more

UCSD - Telemedicine Building, School of Medicine
Fri 4/13 File Adaptations of Humans to Adult Milk Intake Sarah Tishkoff

In most individuals, the ability to digest lactose, the sugar present in milk, declines rapidly after weaning because of decreasing levels of the enzyme lactase in the small intestine. However,... more

UCSD - Telemedicine Building, School of Medicine
Fri 4/13 File A Nutritional Basis for the Spread of Indo-European Languages Henry Harpending

Indo-European languages are native to populations from Ireland to Afghanistan and India and, in historical times, to the Tarim Basin in China. This spread occurred within a few thousand years... more

UCSD - Telemedicine Building, School of Medicine
Fri 4/13 File Human Adaptations to Diverse Environments Anna Di Rienzo

The history of human evolution and dispersal was associated with remarkable environmental challenges to those processes that maintain stable physiological conditions.  Indeed,... more

UCSD - Telemedicine Building, School of Medicine
Fri 4/13 File Genetic Impact of Culturally-Based Mating Systems Marcus Feldman
For many species, including humans, matings occur among a restricted pool of partners. In humans, restrictions on the choice of partners are culturally determined and frequently are the result... more
UCSD - Telemedicine Building, School of Medicine
Fri 4/13 File The Grandmother Hypothesis and Rates of Aging Kristen Hawkes

A grandmother hypothesis links the evolution of human longevity to ecological changes that left... more

UCSD - Telemedicine Building, School of Medicine
Fri 4/13 File Do Genetic Differences Affect Language Evolution? Carol Padden, Mark Aronoff

Language is a hallmark of modern humans: only humans have language. Yet, while no human society lacks a language, individual languages exhibit wide variety.  In this, language differs greatly from... more

UCSD - Telemedicine Building, School of Medicine
Fri 4/13 File Question and Answer Mark Aronoff UCSD - Telemedicine Building, School of Medicine
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