Lecture sheds light on human origins

The dawn of human existence will be explored at the University’s next Munro Lecture.

Professor Katerina Harvati, from the University of Tübingen in Germany, will give new insight into the extinction of Neanderthals and the first appearance of humans in Europe around 30,000 years ago.

Professor Harvati will discuss the possible interactions between Neanderthals and humans - a subject that has long fascinated anthropologists and the public alike.

Munro Lecture: Professor Katerina Harvati

Neanderthals and modern human origins: Insights from the fossil record

Monday 24 March 2014, 5.15pm

Monday 24 March 2014, 6.15pm

St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1NQ

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Recent breakthroughs

The lecture will consider recent breakthroughs in the study of fossils that have shed light on Neanderthal behavior.

Professor Harvati will also discuss the arrival of humans to Europe, and interactions between the two species.

Insights into key methodological advances that have helped build a clearer picture of the period will also be covered.

Leading expert

Professor Katerina Harvati is leading expert in paleoanthropology - the study of the origins and predecessors of the human species, using fossils and other remains.

Her research focuses on Neanderthal evolution, modern human origins and the application of 3-dimensional technology to support her studies.

Munro lecture series

The Munro Lectures bring distinguished international scholars to the University to give lectures on a variety of subjects in the field of archaeology and anthropology.

Other upcoming events include a lecture by Professor Webb Keane, from the University of Michigan, who will discuss the ways in which societies act and how moral codes are formed.

Munro Lecture: Professor Webb Keane

Affordances and Reflexivity in Ethical Life: An Ethnographic Stance

Thursday 27 March 2014, 5.30pm

Thursday 27 March 2014, 6.30pm

Lecture Theatre 1, 7 Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AL

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During a lecture in June, Professor Judith Farquhar from the University of Chicago will explore the use of produce taken from forests can be used for medicinal purposes and how these could impact on global wealth and health.

Munro Lecture: Professor Judith Farquhar

Commodities Etcetera: Forest products and markets in health

Friday 20 June 2014, 3.33pm

Friday 20 June 2014, 3.33pm

George Square Lecture Theatre, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LK

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