Exploring the Origins of Today's Humans
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Where did we humans come from? When did we become the dominant species on the planet? Available evidence indicates that all humans living today are derived from a relatively small population that arose in Africa beginning >200,000 years ago, spreading throughout Africa and eventually the rest of the planet. In the course of this diaspora, we mated with other human-like species and assimilated some of their DNA, but eventually replaced all of these other close evolutionary cousins, without exception – leaving only one human species today. A flood of new information from Ancient DNA, Fossils, Archeology and Population Studies calls us to revisit the matter, summarizing knowledge and updating conclusions since the last CARTA symposium on the subject six years ago.
|Fri 2/21||Ancient DNA||Joshua Akey, Princeton University|
|Fri 2/21||Homo sapiens dispersals out of Africa||Katerina Harvati, Eberhard-Karls-Universität of Tübingen|
|Fri 2/21||How Homo naledi matters to our origins||John Hawks, University of Wisconsin—Madison|
|Fri 2/21||African Homo, Such as Jebel Irhoud Fossils||Jean-Jacques Hublin, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology|
|Fri 2/21||Using ancient DNA to track the evolution of today’s humans||Iain Mathieson, University of Pennsylvania|
|Fri 2/21||Continuity or Punctuation in the African Archaeological Record After 500,000 Years Ago||Teresa Steele, University of California, Davis|
|Fri 2/21||Inferring Ancient Population History in Africa Using Modern Sequence Data||Sarah Tishkoff, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine|
|Fri 2/21||The Archaeology of Ancient Tools||Paola Villa, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History|
|Fri 2/21||Recent Insights into the evolution of the human skull||Tim Weaver, UC Davis|