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ANARKY Talk: "Atapuerca, Spain: a world reference project for Human Evolution"

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 12:00pm
Earth Sciences 859

Dr. Maria Soto, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology

Abstract: Sierra de Atapuerca (Spain) is a karstic system that contains one of the most important archaeological complex for Prehistory and Human Evolution. Since 1978 the Atapuerca Research Team (EIA) has identified several archaeological sites, in caves and open-air environments, with sequences from Lower Pleistocene to Holocene. The archaeological record from Sima del Elefante, Gran Dolina, Galeria, Sima de los Huesos or Mirador sites confirm the occupation of this complex by different hominins (Homo sp., Homo antecessor, Homo heidelbergensis, Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens) since at least 1.2 Mya. We will go through the most important sequences and evidences that have turned the Atapuerca Project, formed by more than 150 researchers, into a world reference for the archaeological sciences and the reconstruction of human behaviors.

All welcome!

The ANARKY Talks are our weekly noon hour departmental lecture series that provides students and faculty the opportunity to present original research, while honing their networking and presentation skills. We also occasionally have guest speakers from off-campus or outside of the department in the series.