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Michael Petraglia, Prof., Ph.D.
Michael Petraglia, Prof., Ph.D.
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Nicole Boivin, Max Planck, Jena
Achim Brauer, University of Potsdam, Germany
Alison Brooks, George Washington University, USA
Andrew Cohen, University of Arizona, USA)
Nicholas Conard, University of Tubingen, Germany
Nick Drake, King’s College, London, UK
Katerina Douka, University of Oxford, UK
Dominik Fleitmann, University of Reading, UK
Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser, MONREPOS, Germany
Russell Gray, Max Planck, Jena
Huw Groucutt, University of Oxford, UK
Rainer Grün, Griffith University, Australia
Philipp Gunz, Max Planck, Leipzig
Katerina Harvati, University of Tubingen, Germany
John Hawks, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Thomas Higham, University of Oxford, UK
Olaf Jöris, MONREPOS, Germany
Yousuke Kaifu, National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan
Jed Kaplan, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Shimona Kealy, Australian National University, Australia
Johannes Krause, Max Planck, Jena
Andrey Krivoshapkin, Novosibirsk State University, Russia
Julien Louys, Australian National University, Australia
Andrea Manica, University of Cambridge, UK
Sue O’Connor, Australian National University, Australia
Svante Pääbo, Max Planck, Leipzig
Michael Petraglia, Max Planck, Jena
Shannon McPherron, Max Planck, Leipzig
Jürgen Richter, University of Cologne, Germany
Patrick Roberts, Max Planck, Jena
Eleanor Scerri, University of Oxford, UK
Stephan Schiffels, Max Planck, Jena
Ceri Shipton, University of Cambridge, UK
Mikhail Shunkov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Mark Stoneking, Max Planck, Leipzig
Susan Trumbore, Max Planck, Jena
Gao Xing, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Da Conference

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Human Dispersals in the Late Pleistocene - Interdisciplinary Approaches Towards Understanding the Worldwide Expansion of Homo sapiens

  • Beginning: Nov 8, 2016
  • End: Nov 10, 2016
  • Location: MPI SHH Jena
  • Room: Villa V14
  • Host: Department of Archaeology
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Homo sapiens emerged in Africa approximately 200,000 years ago. The story of our species’ subsequent dispersal out of Africa and expansion across the globe remains an enduring and contentious topic in human evolutionary studies. Much debate revolves around the timing, number and routes of major human dispersals out of Africa.

New research in archaeology, genetics and palaeoenvironmental studies is changing our understanding of these processes of early human expansion and migration. Increasing information is being gathered about environmental change in key terrestrial settings across northern and eastern Africa and Eurasia. Fossil, genetic and archaeological research is demonstrating the complicated nature of Out of Africa expansions, inter-species interactions, and human survivorship in changing environments. 

The aim of this conference is to examine new information on the relationship between environmental variability, demographic change, and human adaptations, and to explore how these multidisciplinary datasets can be better integrated to more effectively investigate, model and understand early human dispersals.

The new Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany is dedicated to examining our species’ past over the long term and from a multidisciplinary perspective. To celebrate the opening of our Department, we plan to bring together a diverse community of international researchers to discuss, debate and explore our species’ evolutionary history.

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