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October 2017

Alesi: The Life, Death, and Discovery of an Ancestor

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Walter Payton College Prep High School, 1034 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610 United States

The recent discovery of a 13 million-year-old fossil infant ape skull has offered a rare glimpse of what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The fossil, nicknamed “Alesi,” was discovered by a member of Dr. Isaiah Nengo’s research team. In this talk, Dr. Nengo will share the story of finding this rare fossil and discuss what cutting-edge technology has uncovered about the life of this ancient infant.

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The Origins of the Genus Homo

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr 94118
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States

In this talk, paleoanthropologist Dr. Bernard Wood will survey the history of attempts to find fossils of the earliest members of the genus Homo, including very recent and controversial additions. He will review the complications that arise from defining the genus and discuss how half-a-century of paleontological research has taught him what to look for within the hominin fossil record when searching for the origins of our genus Homo.

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November 2017

Rewriting Modern Human Origins: Insights from New Discovery in Morocco

November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States

In this talk Dr. Shara Bailey will discuss her work on the newly discovered 300,000 year old Homo sapiens fossils in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco. The fossils show that by about 300,000 years ago, important changes in our biology and behavior and are reshaping our understanding of how we evolved.

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