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Atapuerca: Crossroads of Human Evolution in Europe

May 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Archaeological sites at Sierre de Atapuerca in Northern Spain offer extraordinary insight into the evolution of humankind. Atapuerca is a unique treasure trove that includes the earliest and most abundant evidence of humans in Europe, the earliest evidence of human cannibalism, and possibly the first burial in our history. Atapuerca is a UNESCO World Heritage site celebrated for its outstanding contribution to reconstructing the earliest human communities in Europe. In this talk María Martinón-Torres will discuss her work tracing the origins of our closest extinct relatives, the Neanderthals. She will also share how fossils of Homo antecessor, an early human species, found at Atapuerca have shifted our understanding of the ancestry of the first Europeans.

This event is produced in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences.

Sponsored by:

Ann and Gordon Getty

Camilla and George Smith

Virginia and Wilson Crook

Rebecca del Rio and Numa Marlborough


California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr 94118
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States
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