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Dean's Lecture: Hominin diversity in the Middle Pleistocene

  • Prof.dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
Thursday 13 April 2017
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Cental Hall
Large brained hominid skulls

Neandertals, Denisovans and others

The last half million years witnessed the emergence of large brained hominins both in Africa and in Eurasia. Long after the first expansion of hominins out of Africa, this evolution independently developed among Neandertals and ancestral forms of Homo sapiens. It also likely took place among Denisovans, an Asian sister group of the Neandertals.

Geography and climatic fluctuations explain the separation and divergence of these groups. Although successfully adapted to their environments, all archaic forms were eventually replaced by modern humans originating in Africa. Recent advances in paleogenetics shed light on the complex interactions between these populations and outline the Pleistocene heritage of the orphan species that today populates the whole planet

About the Dean's Lecture

The Dean’s Lecture is a high level series of lectures given by prominent archaeologists and intellectuals, in which they highlight their work and passion.

For these lectures, the Dean of the Faculty of Archaeology invites scholars who look beyond the boundaries of their own field of  chronological or topographical specialisation, addressing, in a compelling way, our archaeological community at large.

The series has already featured many fascinating lectures. Please see the event archive for more information. 

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