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A 4-week Series on Palaeo-anthropology presented by Dr Richard Symmonds of Thanet u3a

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WHAT MADE US HUMAN?

This is a series of four talks based on Dr Richard Symonds’ personal research.

The subject has the potentially forbidding name of Palaeo-anthropology but is broken down into 4 easily digestible sessions

  • Week 1 is a timeline of our development as a species, the
  • Week 2 explores the specifications that might have been important in the development of a modern human,
  • Week 3 is about how technology has been both the cause and result of our development,
  • Week 4 illustrates that although Palaeo-anthropology is about the distant past, it is a developing scientific field; using the science of genomics to examine the spread of Homo sapiens across the globe.

If it is felt it may be beneficial, the group can meet again at the same time on Thursday 10th June for a general discussion on the subject matter.

Dr Richard Symonds

Dr Symonds is a retired NHS doctor, who spent his whole career as a psychiatrist, with some later experience in a small field of neurology and in mental health law.

He is a member of Thanet u3a. ‘The Isles of Thanet’, as it is sometimes known, is that corner of England that has been marched through by homosapiens since the Ice Age. Consequently, there is a lot of archaeology here, which, when Dr Symonds moved here, reawakened an interest of his since childhood.

This is a 4 week series, running on Thursday morning's as follows:

  1. Thursday 13th May at 10am
  2. Thursday 20th May at 10am
  3. Thursday 27th May at 10am
  4. Thursday 3rd June at 10am

This event is for u3a members only. Delivered online via Zoom.

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