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Rewriting Modern Human Origins: Insights from New Discovery in Morocco

November 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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Composite reconstruction of Homo sapiens fossils from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco © Philipp Gunz

Newly discovered Homo sapiens fossils in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, push back the origins of our species by 100,000 years. The fossils show that by about 300,000 years ago, important changes in our biology and behavior had taken place across most of Africa. Dr. Shara Bailey is part of the international research team that has been studying these fossils. In this talk Dr. Bailey will discuss her comprehensive study of the cranial and dental remains. She will also share how these fossils are reshaping our understanding of how we evolved.

Presented by The Leakey Foundation and the Houston Museum of Natural Science

With generous support from:
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Camilla and George Smith
Ann and Gordon Getty



Check out our Origin Stories podcast episode featuring Shara Bailey!



November 8, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States
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(713) 639-4629
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