Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gustavus Adolphus College 2008 lecture series on human origins

I stumbled recently on this terrific lecture series, which was given in 2008 at Gustavus Adolphus College. The lectures are available online and are a great review of genetics and archaeology related to human origins. (link)

Archaeologist Curtis Marean discusses his Pinnacle Point research which explores a possible South African refuge for humans 200 thousand years ago. He also discusses other possible locations in Africa where humans may have originated. (link)

Geneticist Svante Paabo presents his work on neadertal-human genetics as of 2008. (link)

Geneticist Marcus W. Feldman, who's research team developed the program STRUCTURE, describes his team's autosomal test results.  Beginning at 32 minutes into the discussion, he shows how human migration under the serial founder effect yields an approximately linear genetic variation. (link)

Archeaologist Dennis Stanford gives an exciting comparative lecture on Solutrean, Clovis and pre-Clovis lithics. (link)

Evolutionary Anthropologist Robin I. M. Dunbar describes social network size and its evolutionary relationship to brain size. (link)

Professor of Theology J. Wentzel van Huyssteen discusses the challenges and possibilities presented by theological, symbolic and scientific interpretations of human origins. (link)

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