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Matariki Lecture Series – Human Evolution

Professor Madelaine Böhme presenting on Danuvius Guggenmosi in the Campus-TV Studio.

The first event in our exciting new Lecture Series, on the theme of “Human Evolution”, was held on Tuesday 16th March. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the event was in virtual format via Zoom. Titled “Is human evolution more complicated than we first thought?”, the event was hosted by colleagues from the Campus-TV Studio at University of Tübingen. They took care of all technical aspects of the event and, in conjunction with the Secretariat, created promotional materials such as a poster and short video. The event featured the following 15-minute presentations by speakers from Tübingen, Uppsala, Dartmouth and Durham:

  • Professor Madelaine Böhme (Tübingen)

Danuvius guggenmosi and the positional behaviour of the last common ancestor of great apes and humans”

  • Professor Per Ahlberg (Uppsala)

The Trachilos footprints: what are they and what do they tell us about early hominins?”

  • Professor Jeremy DeSilva (Dartmouth) 

All Walks of Life. Bipedal diversity in Australopithecus.” 

  • Professor Sarah Elton (Durham)

“Did it happen by chance? Neutral models in primate evolution.”

A short welcome address was delivered by Professor Monique Scheer; Tübingen’s Vice-President for International Affairs and Diversity. Following the four presentations, speakers participated in a 50-minute Q&A / discussion panel event, featuring questions from the international audience. The recording has also been posted on the Matariki YouTube channel.

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