chris stringer talks about human origins

By Alison Campbell 26/01/2012

Just a heads-up for teachers & students: next month Chris Stringer will be giving public lectures on human evolution in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin. (No Hamilton talk! I am sad :-( I’ve got an all-day meeting that means I’d never get up to the Auckland  event in time.) From the latest Royal Society “Alert”:

Professor Chris Stringer: ‘Origin of our species, Neanderthals and the Early Human Occupation of Britain and Europe’, February 2012

Professor Chris Stringer answers some of the big questions:  How can we define modern humans, and how can we recognise our beginnings in the fossil and archaeological record? How can we accurately date fossils, including ones beyond the range of radiocarbon dating? Has human evolution stopped, or are we still evolving? What can we expect from future research on our origins?

Professor Chris Stringer is in New Zealand by invitation of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution and his public talks are supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand.  Details for booking tickets are available at

  • Auckland, 6.00 pm, 22 February, Auckland War Memorial Museum;
  • Christchurch, 6.00 pm, 23 February, C1 Central Lecture Theatre, University of Canterbury;
  • Dunedin, 6.00 pm, 24 February, St David Lecture Theatre, University of Otago;
  • Wellington, 6.00 pm, 25 February, Embassy Theatre, Courtenay Place.

0 Responses to “chris stringer talks about human origins”

  • …just a couple more details. I gather the Wellington talk has a small fee, for which you’ll get a glass of wine and some snacks.

    And Chris Stringer is kind of a big deal – he’s normally associate with our species arising in Africa then moving out to colonise the rest of the world. It will (I’m sorry Allison!) but very interesting to hear what he makes of the growing evidence that Neanderthals, Denisnovans and archiac human species within Africa have all contributed to the genomes of modern humans!

  • David,

    That will be interesting – to see what he mentions of the ‘admixture all the way back’ evidence/argument. We could always ask in the question period. (Assuming they offer one.)

    (I’ll be there, of course.)

  • PS I don’t think the admixture bit necessarily derails OOA, it just makes it a much more interesting history. I actually used this as an essay topic for my first-years last year, as I wanted them to gain a feeling for the fluid nature of scientific knowledge.

  • Yup, “OOA with some wrinkles in the details” is about how I see it. I’ve been planning to run a broad summary of some of this stuff, so perhaps the lecture will be the spur I needed.

  • A heads-up for locals wishing to attend tonight’s lecture: if you haven’t tickets, 150 places have been reserved for those arriving on the day (come early!), or you can watch it via a video link to an adjoining room.

    It’s 6pm at the St. David lecture theatre. For those not familiar with the university campus, that’s where St. David street runs through the campus, west of the Leith, south of the outward-sloping glass-fronted building (the Centre for Innovation) at the northern end of the campus, more-or-less opposite the clock tower building. Confused? :-)

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