Imagining the Future of Anthropogeny

Event Date (Pacific Time): 
Saturday, Nov 19, 2022 - 12:00pm to 4:30pm
Event Chairs:

Gerald Joyce, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Katerina Semendeferi, University of California, San Diego

Live Symposium Webcast:

Access to the live webcast for this symposium will be provided here on Saturday, November 19 starting at 12:00 PM (Pacific Time).

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Anthropogeny, the study of human origins, is an extremely dynamic research field. The last decade has provided many new discoveries, ranging from new fossil finds, ancient DNA data, including from extinct hominins, comparative psychology in captivity and in the wild, molecular and cell biology, neuroscience, and linguistics. New methods in most of these fields and multi-disciplinary collaborations between them are providing exciting new insights into the complicated evolutionary journey that gave rise to our species.

Despite this, we remain far from understanding some of the most striking human-specific characteristics: the reasons for our bipedality, the factors selecting for our dexterity at creating and using tools, the true age of fire use in our distant ancestors, the mechanisms, both social and biological, leading to our symbolic capacities, personal names, language, and shared imaginations.

This symposium will feature CARTA advisory committee members and provide them the opportunity to share their visions for the future of anthropogeny. They will each highlight where they hope future efforts should be focused and what type of novel collaborations are most promising for improving our understanding of the human phenomenon.

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Registration Deadline: Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 4:30 PM

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