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Human Evolution: latest thinking with Professor Chris Stringer
Tue 25 October 2016, 19:30 – 21:30 BST
Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 start
A rare opportunity to hear from one of the world's leading expert on human evolution, Professor Chris Stringer FRS, Research Leader in Human Origins at the Natural History Museum.
New discoveries are prompting a re-think of parts of the human journey from our ape-like ancestors in Africa to where we are now. Are we all be a bit Neanderthal? Come and hear more from one of the world authorities.
This is our annual public meeting, open to all. Tickets are free, though we will ask for donations to help cover costs of room hire. Places are limited, so register now if you want to come.
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More background: Human Evolution can be divided into two main phases. A pre-human phase in Africa prior to 2 million years ago, where walking upright had evolved but many other characteristics were still essentially ape-like. And a human phase, with an increase in both brain size and behavioural complexity, and an expansion from Africa. Evidence points strongly to Africa as the major centre for the genetic, physical and behavioural origins of both ancient and modern humans, but new discoveries are prompting a rethink of some aspects of our evolutionary origins, including the likelihood of interbreeding between archaic humans (for example the Neanderthals) and modern humans.