Monday 26 November, 2012

The Remarkable Asian Chapter in Our Human Evolutionary Story

A/Prof Darren Curnoe, Evolution and Ecology Research Centre,
The University of New South Wales

Until recently, discoveries in Asia had contributed little in the understanding of human evolution, meaning the world’s largest and most populated continent had been mostly irrelevant to the main game of understanding the emergence of our modern human species – Homo sapiens. This view is changing fast, with some of the most spectacular discoveries in the history of human evolutionary science made in Asia during the last five years or so.

This talk will look at the significance of these radical discoveries with a focus on the Red Deer Cave people, found in southwest China by a team of scientists co-led by Darren Curnoe.

  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm, Monday 26 November, 2012
  • Venue: Long Room, Customs House at Riverside
  • Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm. No need to book – just show up!
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, where A/Prof Curnoe will be available to answer any questions
  • Questions? For any further information please contact Andrew.

A/Prof Darren Curnoe is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow who studies human and primate origins at the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre located at The University of New South Wales. In recognition of his scientific contributions, A/Prof Curnoe’s research teams have received over $3 million from the ARC within the past 10 years.

Prior to his current academic career, Darren was a former television news journalist and is passionate about science communication and writing. He regularly writes articles for on-line newspapers and magazines, and appears in the media talking about the science of human origins.

Through his dual scientist/communicator role, Darren tries to bring some of the excitement of discovery, and love and passion for nature to the broader community; to reveal the mystery of our own human origins; and to help remove the barriers to understanding how science works.

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