Modern Human Origins: Behavioral evidence from southern and northern Africa by Dr. Teresa E. Steele, University of California at Davis
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Ruthven Museums Building Room 2009
Human fossil and genetic data indicate that the ancestors of all living people originated in Africa, and about 50,000 years ago, some of their descendants began to populate the rest of the world. Dr. Steele’s research characterizes the archaeological record before 50,000 years ago, looking for clues about why and how this demographic expansion occurred. In particular, she examines the faunal remains from archaeological sites, because changes in human population size and density must be supported by changes in diet. Her talk will begin by reviewing the behavioral evidence for modern human origins and then will discuss how her work in South Africa and Morocco is contributing.