A recent article on the IN-AFRICA Project - Beachcombing for early humans in Africa - has just been published on the Cambridge University website. Applying a multidisciplinary approach, Marta Mirazon Lahr, Robert Foley and their team are undertaking research in the Turkana and the Nakuru-Naivasha basins of the Rift Valley of Kenya, where they have made some spectacular finds on the ancient Turkana beaches that shed light on how modern humans lived in the region over a vast period of time - from c. 200,000 years ago until the last few millennia BC. The article sums up the first few months of the IN-AFRICA Project which is the continuation of several years of fieldwork in Turkana, as well as outlining those all important research questions the IN-AFRICA team will try and answer over the next four years.
"In the middle of an African desert, with no water to be found for miles, scattered shells, fishing harpoons, fossilised plants and stone tools reveal signs of life from the water's edge of another era. In 40°C heat, anthropologists Dr Marta Mirazón Lahr and Professor Robert Foley from Cambridge's Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies (LCHES) are painstakingly searching for clues to the origin and diversification of modern humans, from the artefacts they left behind to the remains of the people themselves."
To view the full web article click on http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/beachcombing-for-early-humans-in-africa, or the Horizons article on which it is based (PDF).
This is not the first time the project or the team has made headlines, an earlier article on LCHES is also available on the Cambridge University website!
To view the earlier web article click on http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/leverhulme-centre-for-human-evolutionary-studies
If you would like to get in touch, hear more about the project and the activities of the team out in Kenya contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org !
Human Evolutionary Studies Discussion Group - a new discussion forum on current issues in human evolutionary research.
The Michaelmas 2013 discussions will focus on different aspects of living and prehistoric hunter-gatherers.
Next meeting: 3rd December, LCHES Seminar Room, Fitzwilliam Street, 1 pm
Andrea Migliano, (University College London) will lead a discussion on 'Mortality rates and the evolution of human life histories '
HESDG is an informal discussion group to encourage inter-disciplinary perspectives on all aspects of human evolution.
Marta Mirazon Lahr
- 26th November: Andrea Manica, a discussion on 'The fate of European Hunter-Gatherers'
- 19th November, Roberty Layton, a discussion on 'An Australian Perspective on Hunter-Gatherer Diversity'
- 5th November: Michael Lamb, a discussion on 'Childhood in Hunter-Gatherer Societies'
- 29th October: Marta Mirazon Lahr and Robert Foley will lead a discussion on 'Evolutionary aspects of hunter-gatherer demography'
- 22nd October: Matt Davies, discussion on 'Diversity in the Archaeology of Africa's Holocene Foragers'
- 15th October: Frank Marlowe, a discussion on 'Distribution and diversity of the world's foragers'
- 8th October: Robert Foley, a discussion on 'Hunter-Gatherers in Evolutionary Perspective'
- 28th May: Philip Nigst and Alex Wilshaw will be discussing the similarities (and differences) between the African Later Stone Age and the Eurasian Upper Palaeolithic, and relevance to modern human evolution
- 21st May: Christopher Henshilwood will be discussing the archaeological evidence for human behaviour in South Africa
- 14th May: Living hunter-gatherers, Frank Marlowe
- 26th February: Geographical structure in prehistoric populations
- 19th February: Mixing up archaic and modern, a discussion led by Dr. Andrea Mania (Department of Zoology)
- 12th February: The evolution of language – what can we learn from neurobiology? [PDF]
- 5th February: The timing of modern humans – quantifying traits
- 29th January: The timing of modern humans – lineages versus traits
- 22nd January: The timing of modern humans – archaeology, fossils, genetics?