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
Mark Collard, Simon Fraser University

Live Symposium Webcast:

Access to the live webcast for this symposium will be provided here on Friday, February 21 starting at 1:00 PM (Pacific Time). Viewers will need to be logged into their user account to gain access, but are not required to register for this symposium.

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 Homo sapiens Origins: when “Moderns” were Archaic. Jean-Jacques Hublin, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Fri 2/21 Homo sapiens dispersals out of Africa Katerina Harvati, University of Tübingen
Fri 2/21 The evolution of the human skull Tim Weaver, UC Davis
Fri 2/21 How Homo naledi matters to our origins John Hawks, University of Wisconsin—Madison
Fri 2/21 The Archaeology of Ancient Tools Paola Villa, University of Colorado
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 Tales of human history told by Neandertal and Denisovan DNA that persist in modern humans Joshua Akey, Princeton University
Fri 2/21 Using ancient DNA to track the evolution of today’s humans Iain Mathieson, University of Pennsylvania

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