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Human Dispersal(s) from Africa
Human Dispersal(s) from Africa
Professor John Kingston
Professor Kingston will like to review the evidence for migratory events of early hominins out of Africa as they spread out into the Old World, presumably in response to changing climatic conditions and possibly demographic pressures. 

Professor Kingston will examine environmental proxies potentially linked to these dispersal events and genetic evidence for the timing and nature of movement of early hominins.

Professor Kingston is a Biological Anthropologist interested in reconstructing the environmental context of various stages of human evolution. He conducts field research primarily in Africa at various fossil sites, ranging from localities that have yielded remains of apes predating the origin of the human lineage, sites from which fossil humans (hominins) have been recovered, and more recent archeological localities. 

He is especially interested in identifying factors that drove or mediated evolutionary innovations in our lineage. In this research, he utilizes biogeochemical approaches to reconstruct dietary ecology, climatic conditions, and vegetational structure.

This lecture is sponsored by Rebecca Van Dyke in honor of her father, Henry Van Dyke, a 13-year member of the OLLI Lectures committee.
Lecture Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Lecture Date : 01/28/2021      
Program Year : 2020-21      
Term : Winter/Spring      
Fee : $10.00