Pan-African Evolution Research Group to Host Monthly Virtual Seminars

The Rainforest Redux virtual seminar series will explore the role of the tropics in the deep human past

The interdisciplinary seminars will take place once a month from June 24, 2020 until June 23, 2021. Our first speaker will be Dr Ammie Kalan, a primatologist from The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. Dr Kalan will be talking about chimpanzee diversity across their range.

To subscribe to the talks please email the Pan-Ev group: pan-ev.seminars@shh.mpg.de. The seminars begin at 5:00 pm CEST and will be held on Zoom.

Seminar Series Outline

24th June 2020
Pan-African perspective: chimpanzee diversity across their range
Dr Ammie Kalan, MPI-EVA
More information and a video of Ammie Kalan's talk can be found here.


29th July 2020
Lupemban MSA archaeology in the Congobasin, central Africa: an early emergence of rainforest foraging?
Dr Nick Taylor, Stony Brook
Email: nicholas.taylor.archaeology@gmail.com


30th September 2020
The genomic history of African rainforest hunter-gatherers and farmers
Prof Lluis Quintana-Murci,Institut Pasteur


25th November 2020 -DoubleHeader!
Detoxifying tubers to monkey hunting: rainforest adaptations in Pleistocene Asia
Dr Noel Amano,MPI-SHH and Dr Huw Barton,University of Leicester


9th December 2020
Ancient DNA contributions into pathogen ecology and evolution
Dr Maria Spyrou, MPI-SHH/University of Tübingen


27thJanuary 2021
Diversity and stability incontemporary forager-farmer relations in the Congo Basin: Inferring the BaYaka’s past
Dr Adam Boyette, MPI-EVA


4th February 2021
Anthropogenic environments of the rainforest: a case study from Amazonia
Dr Yoshi Maezumi,University of Amsterdam


24th March 2021
Landscape changes in Late Holocene West Africa –the human factor
Dr Alexa Höhn,Goethe University


28th April 2021-Panel Discussion Special!
African Pleistocene rainforest refugia: their ecology and potential influence on human evolution
Prof. Yadvinder Malhi, University of Oxford


26th May 2021
Human behavior and Climate-linked fluctuations in the rainforests of West-Central Africa
Dr Emuobosa Akpo Orijemie, University of Ibadan


23rd June 2021
Modern human evolution and dispersal: chronology and constraints
Prof. Chris Stringer, Natural History Museum London

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