"Major issues in human evolution" by Richard Leakey
Richard Leakey is one of the world’s most renowned palaeoanthropologists will discuss what he sees as the major achievement in the field, and what are the current challenges to our understanding of human evolution.
4.30 pm 24 October 2016
LCHES Seminar Room,
Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies,
Henry Wellcome Building,
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Virtual fossil’ reveals last common ancestor of humans and Neanderthals
Aurélien Mounier and Marta Mirazon Lahr computed 3 virtual last common ancestors to Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis, the three vLCAs can be viewed and downloaded from the following web page.
Echoes of Ancient War
In a paper published in Nature (21 January 2016) Marta Mirazón Lahr and colleagues report on a site in South West Turkana, Kenya, where skeletal remains of twenty-seven individuals were recovered. These are dated to 10,000 years ago, and many show clear evidence of having been killed violently. This site, Nataruk, provides evidence for inter-group conflict among hunter-gatherers, and so contributes to our understanding of the history of warfare, showing clearly that hunter-gatherers, as well as food-producers, enaged in organised and lethal conflict. [ http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v529/n7586/full/nature16477.html ]
[video https://youtu.be/pBs8PjwkwAo] The work was carried out as part of the ERC In-Africa Project http:\in-africa.org
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