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Early anatomically modern humans in Eurasia: coping with climatic complexity

Event

Starts:

November
212011

09:00

Ends:

November
222011

17:00

Location

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ

Overview

 

Cast of a skull of an early Homo sapien Courtesy of Dora Kemp

Organised by Dr Rhiannon Stevens and Professor Martin Jones

The Upper Palaeolithic archaeological record suggests novel ecological relationships enabled Anatomically Modern Humans to adapt to climatic regimes hitherto beyond the hominid range. Early AMH thrived under highly variable climatic conditions and made significant cultural and technological developments, demonstrating their modernity. This meeting will explore whether Homo sapiens sapiens are intrinsically adapted to climatic complexity rather than climatic stability.

Download the programme here (PDF) .

Biographies and audio recordings are available below.

Schedule of talks

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Reconstructing the palaeoenvironmental and palaeoecological contexts of early AMH : An isotopic approach

Dr Rhiannon Stevens, University of Cambridge, UK

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Changing ecosystems, changing food quests; the utilisation of plant resources by anatomically modern humans

Professor Martin Jones, University of Cambridge, UK

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Session A

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Paleoclimate records from European sedimentological sequences in MIS 3

Professor Denis-Didier Rousseau, CNRS, France

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Climate variability in the last 100,000 years

Professor Paul Valdes, University of Bristol, UK

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Climate change, environmental variability and human adaptations in South Asia over the past 40,000 years

Professor Michael Petraglia, University of Oxford, UK

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Modern humans and paleoenvironments: an East Asian perspective

Professor Liping Zhou, Peking University, China

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The RESET project: using cryptotephra to date the early Upper Palaeolithic

Dr Dustin White, University of Southampton, UK

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The role of climate in the spread of modern humans into Europe

Dr Ulrich Müller, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

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Modern human dispersal and climate in Eastern Europe

Professor John F. Hoffecker, University of Colorado, USA

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Demography and the origins of modern human behaviour

Professor Mark Thomas, University College London, UK

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Migration, colonisation and continuity in Beringia: patterns from the Late Pleistocene faunal and archaeological records

Dr Ian Barnes, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

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The stratagraphic, chronological and paleoecological context of the early Aurignacian in the Swabian Jura

Professor Nicholas Conard, University of Tübingen, Germany

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Climatic background and chronology of the Middle Pleniglacial (MIS 3 stage) in Central and Eastern Europe: new perspective on the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition

Professor Paul Haesaerts, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium

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Formation of the complex Moravian settlements as an adaptive response to OIS3 climates and landscapes

Professor Jiří Svoboda, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

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Micromorphological records of past climate at early AMH sites

Dr Lenka Lisá, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic

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Dr Rhiannon Stevens, University of Cambridge, UK

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Socio-technical and symbolic means of coping with climatic complexity

Dr Rebecca Farbstein, University of Cambridge, UK

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Gravettian subsistence in Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia)

Dr Piotr Wojtal, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

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Changing ecosystems, changing food quests; the utilisation of plant resources by anatomically modern humans

Professor Martin Jones, University of Cambridge, UK

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Early anatomically modern humans in Eurasia: coping with climatic complexity Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ