Michael Petraglia affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Michael Petraglia is a new affiliate of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. One of his first teaching assignments was giving a week-long course to a hundred PhD and Master’s level students at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, entitled: "Human Evolution and Climate Change".

The course covered diverse topics, including the evolution of primates, the evolution of hominins and the biological and behavioural origins of modern humans. Petraglia’s affiliation is an outgrowth of the Department of Archaeology’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and its collaborative interdisciplinary research with the Department of the Paleoenvironment, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing.

Over the past few years, members of the Department of Archaeology of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History have conducted interdisciplinary archaeological research with staff and students of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, including those at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS).  Based on these collaborations, interdisciplinary research is being conducted on Pleistocene and Holocene archaeological sites across China, and discussions are taking place to extend this partnership to other regions of the world, including on sites in Africa and other parts of Eurasia. 

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