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The first 4 million years of human evolution

Event

Starts:

October
192009

09:00

Ends:

October
202009

17:00

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Organised by Professor Alan Walker FRS and Professor Christopher Stringer FRS 

Spectacular discoveries of early members of the human lineage including nearly complete skeletons and dozens of other 6 to 2 million year old fossils have been made recently.  Also new methods are now available to extract behavioral and life history information from such fossils.

This meeting brings together field and analytical researchers to develop a synthetic account.

The proceedings of this meeting have been published as a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B.

Audio recordings of the meeting are now available below.

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Schedule of talks

Session 1

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Australopithecus afarensis and the Mosaic Evolution of the Hominin Cranial Base

Professor William Kimbel, Arizona State University, USA

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Evolutionary Tempo and Mode of Early Australopithecus: Insights from New Fossil Evidence

Dr Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, USA

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In Sahelian Africa (Chad) two new Mio-Pliocene Hominids enlighten 1871 Charles Darwin prediction

Professor Michel Brunet, Collège de France, France

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In search of the last common ancestor: new findings on wild chimpanzees

Professor William McGrew, University of Cambridge, UK

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Introductions from Stephen Cox CVO, Royal Society, and from Professor Christopher Stringer FRS

Mr Stephen Cox

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Introductions from Stephen Cox CVO, Royal Society, and from Professor Christopher Stringer FRS

Professor Chris Stringer FRS, Natural History Museum, UK

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Session 2

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Ardipithecus

Tim White, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, USA

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A skeleton of Australopithecus and the two Australopithecus species of Sterkfontein

Ms Cinzia Fornai, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

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The vertebral formula of the last common ancestor of humans and apes: A key to understanding human origins

C. Owen Lovejoy, Department of Anthropology, Kent State University, USA

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Arborealism, terrestrialism and bipedalism

Robin Crompton, Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Liverpool, UK

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Implications of isotopic dietary and life history information archived in fossil hominin teeth

Professor Julia Lee-Thorp, University of Bradford, UK

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Molar microwear textures of Australopithecus anamensis and A. afarensis

Dr Peter Ungar, University of Arkansas, USA

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Retrieving chronological age from dental remains of early fossil hominins

Professor Christopher Dean, University College London, UK

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Anterior dental evolution in the Australopithecus anamensis-afarensis lineage

Dr Carol V Ward, University of Missouri, USA

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Hominin diversity in the middle Pliocene of eastern Africa: the maxilla of KNM-WT 40,000

Professor Fred Spoor, University College London, UK

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Sexual dimorphism in Australopithecus afarensis

Dr Philip Reno, Stanford University, USA

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Times and time ratios of great ape evolutionary branchings from molecular data

Dr Sudhir Kumar, Arizona State University, USA

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The first 4 million years of human evolution The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK