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Patrick Roberts
Patrick Roberts
Phone: +49 3641 686-730


Nicole Boivin, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Michael Bunce, Curtin University
Joe Dortch, University of Western Australia
Kristina Douglass, Smithsonian Institution
Tyler Faith, University of Queensland
Judith Field, University of New South Wales
Natalia Villavicencio Figueroa, University of California, Berkeley
Simon Haberle, Australian National University
Eileen Jacob, University of Oxford
Christopher Johnson, University of Tasmania
Eline Lorenzen, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen
Julien Louys, Australian National University
Gifford Miller, University of Colorado Boulder
Alexis Mychajliw, Stanford University
Michael Petraglia, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Patrick Roberts, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Viviane Slon, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Jillian Swift, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Michael Waters, Texas A&M University
Frido Welker, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Rachel Wood, Australian National University
James Fellows Yates, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

DA Workshop

9066 1487172858

Megafauna and Methods: New Approaches to the Study of Megafaunal Extinctions

  • Start: Feb 20, 2017
  • End: Feb 21, 2017
  • Location: MPI SHH Jena
  • Room: Villa V03
  • Host: Department of Archaeology
  • Contact:

The extinction of large-bodied animals (often termed ‘megafauna’) during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene has been described as one of the most significant events in recent Earth history. While climate change, disease, and even extraterrestrial impacts have been postulated as significant contributors, the potential role of our species in this process has proved of significant interest, particularly in addressing the impacts of Homo sapiens on the world’s ecosystems following its expansion beyond Africa. Teasing apart natural and human impacts on large fauna has proven highly challenging, and requires both regional and global approaches, as well as a broad suite of scientific methods.

In this workshop we seek to examine how megafaunal extinctions are studied, and explore how new methods in such fields as ancient DNA research, proteomics, ZooMS, palaeoecology and computational modeling might be combined with large-scale interdisciplinary efforts that bring together researchers from different projects, regions and/or disciplines. The aim is develop a novel, multi-proxy, collaborative research project aimed at improving the narratives and scope of megafaunal studies. Our hope is that this will help to test ideas regarding the timing and nature of lasting human impacts on the world’s ecosystems.

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