The origin of our species

Wednesday 20th February 2013 @ 19:00

Non-Member: £12.00 ; Staff: £5.00 ; Student: £3.00

Professor Chris Stringer, Research Leader in Human Origins, Natural History Museum

New discoveries are prompting a rethink of aspects of human evolutionary origins including our relationship with Neanderthals.

Human Evolution can be divided into two main phases. A pre-human phase in Africa prior to two million years ago, where walking upright had evolved but many other characteristics were still essentially ape-like. And a human phase, with an increase in brain size and behavioural complexity, and an expansion from Africa. Evidence points strongly to Africa as the major centre for the genetic, physical and behavioural origins of both ancient and modern humans, but new discoveries are prompting a rethink of some aspects of our evolutionary origins, including the likelihood of interbreeding between archaic humans (for example the Neanderthals) and modern humans.

Professor Stringer has been interviewed by Graihagh Jackson for i,Science, the Imperial College on-line magazine prior to his Friends Lecture.

Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).
After the lecture a Friends' Table has been reserved at a local restaurant to entertain the speaker and for any of the audience who would like to join us to continue the evening's discussion. A two-course fixed price supper is served including wine, coffee and service charge.
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Venue: Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Lecture Theatre 1