2017 University of Cambridge Science Festival
The Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies will open our doors and collections to the public for the 2017 University of Cambridge Science Festival.
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Research Assistant/Research Associate in Individual-Based Modelling in Human Evolutionary Studies
Deadline for applications 12 March 2017
The aim of this research is to is to develop a new approach, based on simulation models to strengthen inferences from prehistoric stone tool assemblages. The work of the Research Assistant will be to develop and test the simulation models. [more details]
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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