Distinguished Lecture by Professor Andrea Manica: "Squaring the circle: a coherent reconstruction of the past from multiple lines of evidence"
Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
- Date: Jan 30, 2020
- Time: 13:00 - 14:30
- Speaker: Professor Andrea Manica
- Location: MPI SHH Jena
- Room: Villa V14
- Host: Pan African Evolution Research Group
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reconstructing the past is a challenging endeavour based on sparse data.
Due to the limitation of the data, reconstructions based on different
lines of evidence are often inconsistent or difficult to compare. In
this talk, Professor Manica will discuss advances on reconstructing the
past of our species as well as other animals by quantitatively combining
climatic reconstructions, ecological and palaeontological data, as well
as genetics from both modern and ancient genomes. By formally bringing
together these lines of evidence, it is possible to work towards a
coherent reconstruction of the past, as well as highlight periods of
time and geographic regions where mismatches cannot be reconciled, and
thus provide an agenda for future research.