Exploring the Origins of Today's Humans

Event Dates: 
Feb 21, 2020 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Chairs:

Sarah Tishkoff, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Richard Klein, Stanford University

Live Symposium Webcast:

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Summary:
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.

Event Sessions

Date Session Title Speakers
Fri 2/21 Ancient DNA Joshua Akey, Princeton University
Fri 2/21 Paleoecology and Climate Katerina Harvati, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Fri 2/21 Homo naledi, in the context of modern human 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 Studying Ancient Genomes to understand the Origins of Modern Humans Ian Mathieson, University of Pennsylvania
Fri 2/21 Continuity or punctuation in the African archaeological record after 200,000 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 Archeology of Ancient Tools Paola Villa, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Fri 2/21 African fossil record relevant to the origins of modern humans Tim Weaver, UC Davis
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