Exploring the Origins of Today's Humans
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.
UCSD-TV Broadcast Note:
The videos of the talks delivered at this symposium will be broadcast on UCSD-TV around the end of April 2020. After these presentations are aired, they will be archived on this webpage, as well as on the UCSD-TV, iTunes and YouTube websites. If you would like to be notified of the TV broadcast dates and online availability, be sure to create a CARTA user account if you don't already have one. We will send an email announcement to all CARTA website users shortly before the air dates in April.
|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||Recovering signals of ghost archaic introgression in African populations||Sriram Sankararaman, UCLA|
|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||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|