Ellie Escerri

Current Research in West Africa and implications for human evolution

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Thursday 18th March 2021
Type: Webinar / Category: Department / Series: Evolutionary Archaeology Seminar Series
  • Admission: Registration is free but booking is essential. To register please contact: lucy.timbrell@liverpool.ac.uk
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Speaker: Prof Eleanor Scerri
Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
The search for a single centre of endemism for our species in Africa has been undermined by recent evidence pointing towards a complex, pan-African evolutionary process. A major corollary of this has been the recognition that the whole of the African continent needs to be considered if we are to understand human evolution in a more realistic framework. However, vast swathes of Africa continue to present ‘blanks on the map’ when it comes to paleoanthropological data. As a result, it is both difficult to test different pan-African models of human evolution, as well as identify areas of high palaeoanthropological potential in under-researched regions. This talk will present new data from West Africa and its relevance to understanding human evolution, as well identify gaps in the record and the emerging ‘big questions’. It will also present strategies for building a research profile from a region where the questions outnumber the answers by several orders of magnitude.

Registration is free but booking is essential. To register please contact: lucy.timbrell@liverpool.ac.uk