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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

Human Dispersal(s) from Africa

John Kingston

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This lecture will be live streamed.

Professor Kingston will review the evidence for migratory events of early hominins out of Africa as they spread out into the Old World, presumably in response to changing climatic conditions and possibly demographic pressures in this fifth lecture of the six part “Advances in Science” lecture series. Dr. Kingston will examine environmental proxies potentially linked to these dispersal events and genetic evidence for the timing and nature of movement of early hominins.

Professor Kingston is a Biological Anthropologist interested in reconstructing the environmental context of various stages of human evolution. He conducts field research primarily in Africa at various fossil sites, ranging from localities that have yielded remains of apes predating the origin of the human lineage, sites from which fossil humans (hominins) have been recovered, and more recent archeological localities. He is especially interested in identifying factors that drove or mediated evolutionary innovations in our lineage. In this research, he utilizes biogeochemical approaches to reconstruct dietary ecology, climatic conditions, and vegetational structure.

This is the fifth of a six-lecture series. The subject of the series is Advances in Science. The next lecture will be on February 18, 2021. The title is Welcome to the Anthropocene. Learn from well-known experts about an array of interesting subjects, with an interactive Q&A period following each lecture.

Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the lecture will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
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  • $35 for entire 6-lecture series. $10 for day pass.

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