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Instant Expert: Human Evolution

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Anyone interested in the evolution of humans whatever your age or background, learn directly from the experts at our one-day masterclass.

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Instant Expert: Human Evolution

Once upon a time, the story of our species’ evolution was simple. It was the tale of a short, hairy, chimp-like creature living in Africa that gradually, over millions of years, transformed to become human. Now we know it’s more interesting than that. Our ancestors were just one of many pre-human species living across a wide swath of the globe from South Africa to the Far East. The ebb and flow of these ancient hominins saw them intermingling and sometimes interbreeding. Yet today we alone remain.

A succession of spectacular fossil finds in recent years is starting to reveal our true family tree. Some of the new species are upending what we thought be knew about the evolution of key traits . Studies of ancient DNA allow us to see how different species are related and to track their migration across continents. We have even uncovered some pre-human genes in our own genome, revealing that many of us are related to Neanderthals and the mysterious Eurasian pre-humans called Denisovans.

How did we get to be the dominant ape? Many mysteries remain, but there’s no doubt that our ancestors had some special qualities that gave them the edge. One is language. We’ll explore it origins and development – and how it led to a cultural revolution. We’ll also consider the evidence that emotions played a key role in our success as a species, but in other species too. There has never been a more exciting time to explore human evolution. Join our speakers on a journey to explore our origins and it will transform the way you see yourself.

Speakers:

  • Mark Pagel, Professor in Biological Sciences at the University of Reading
  • Penny Spikins, Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology of Human Origins at the University of York
  • Mateja Hajdinjak, Marie Curie fellow in the Ancient Genomics Laboratory at The Francis Crick Institute
  • Fred Spoor, Calleva Research Leader in Human Evolution at the Natural History Museum.
  • Gaia Vince, author
  • Rebecca Wragg Sykes, Archaeologist and writer
  • You will be guided through the day by a New Scientist host, Graham Lawton

Topics covered will include:

  • The discoveries that are re-writing the story of our origins
  • How our species conquered the world and its rivals
  • How language evolved and sparked a revolution
  • Why emotions are the driving force behind human evolution
  • The emerging complexity of Neanderthal culture, including the recent discovery of Neanderthal cave art

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in discovering how we became human, whatever your age or background. Whether you're a scientist, a student or simply a fascinated human being, Instant Expert: Human Evolution offers the chance to learn directly from the experts at our one-day masterclass.

Benefits of attending:

  • Become an expert in one day
  • Informal set-up, meet like minded people
  • Open your mind, be inspired
  • Unique chance to ask your burning questions to our experts

What's included in your ticket:

  • In-depth and engaging talks from six leading scientists
  • Ask-an-expert Question Time session
  • Your chance to meet our six speakers and New Scientist host
  • Sandwich lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Exclusive Instant Expert certificate
  • Exclusive on-the-day New Scientist subscription deal, book and merchandise offers

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The event will be held in the Knowledge Centre Auditorium, The Knowledge Centre, The British Library
Doors will open at 9:15am, with talks commencing at 10am sharp. The event will finish at 5pm.
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The ticket price includes a sandwich lunch, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments.
The schedule / exact running order for the day will be confirmed closer to the event, and will be emailed to all ticket holders.
Should you require details about disabled access, please contact us at: live@newscientist.com
Tickets are non-transferable to any other New Scientist event.
All tickets are non-refundable.
New Scientist reserves the right to alter the event and its line-up, or cancel the event. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all tickets will be fully refunded. New Scientist Ltd will not be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
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