Volcanoes, Climate Change, and Modern Human Migrations across Africa
Sponsored by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location:
Geological Lecture Hall
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Christian Tryon, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University

Lecture. Free and open to the public.

Modern humans (Homo sapiens) originated in eastern Africa, but they expanded at the expense of Neanderthals and other ancient hominid populations. What was the reason for their global colonization? Recent data from the area surrounding Africa's Lake Victoria (the largest tropical lake in the world) suggest that the study of volcanic eruptions, climate change, and technological innovation may reveal what fueled human dispersals westward across the tropical African continent some 50,000 years ago.

Free event parking available in the 52 Oxford Street Garage

Sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

 

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