The evolution of the human skull
The skulls of today's humans differ from those of Neandertals and other members of the genus Homo in a number of ways. By identifying these differences in fossils—as well as with evidence from the genomes of present-day and ancient individuals––it has been possible to trace the emergence of our evolutionary lineage to Africa. So, we now know the continent our lineage came from. But when and how rapidly did our distinctive skull anatomy appear? And why don't our skulls look like those of other members of the genus Homo? This talk will address these pressing issues in the evolution of the human skull and their implications for the origins of today's humans.