Darwin Day 2015
The evolution of
Thursday 12 February at 16:00. Egget, Studentsenteret.
The lectures are intended for a wide audience, will be held in English, and are part of the
Horizons, the seminar series
of the Faculty of Science dedicated to the big questions. Light snacks will be served from 16:00; the talk begins 16:15.
Where are you from? What were your ancestors like? While you can describe your parents and grandparents - and maybe one or two generations further - others dig deeper. Using archeological findings from across the world and a combination of molecular DNA methods, anatomy of bone remains, stone tools and other artefacts, scientists are now beginning to understand where our own species originated and how the diversity of humans has evolved since.
Skulls of a human (left) and a neanderthal. (Photo: hairymuseummatt, modified by DrMikeBaxter.)
Marta Mirazón Lahr
Why is the Darwin Day celebrated?
The evolution of humans and their diversity: integrating genes, fossils and behaviour
While in 1872 Darwin anticipated the origins of the hominin line being in Africa, he could not have predicted that it is also the point of origin for our own species, Homo sapiens. There is now abundant evidence that this is the case, drawn from the fossil and archaeological records, and from ancient and contemporary genetics. However, where this was originally seen as a relatively rapid and simple event, it is now clear that the evolution of modern humans and their diversity, their origins in Africa, and their dispersals beyond, is a rich and complex history. Unravelling this story is a challenge requiring multi-disciplinary approaches. In this lecture I shall explore some of the major questions in recent human evolution, and discuss, with examples from our recent fieldwork in Africa, how we can bring together biological, behavioural and environmental aspects of humans and their diversity.
Who is behind the Darwin Day in Bergen?
The Darwin Day 2015 in Oslo