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NFSS talk - Dr. Michael Schillaci: "Human Cranial Diversity & the Evolution of Modern Humans Outside Africa"

New Frontier Seminar Series 4th Talk

Speaker: Dr. Michael Schillaci

Topic: "Human Cranial Diversity & the Evolution of Modern Humans Outside Africa"

Thursday, December 17, 2009

12:00 - 1:00 pm

AA160 Council Chambers

Everyone Welcome


On Thursday December 17th, from 12-1 pm in room AA160, we will be having our 4th speaker of our New Frontiers Seminar Series, our very own Dr. Michael Schillaci. The title of his talk and abstract is: Human Cranial Diversity and the Evolution of Modern Humans Outside Africa 



The origins and evolution of modern humans has been a topic of considerable research and intense debate within the field of Anthropology for over 30 years. This debate has been fueled by fossil discoveries and by large-scale analyses of the global distribution of molecular genetic variation. Recent fossil discoveries indicate that anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens) evolved in sub-Saharan Africa between 190-200 thousand years ago. After their emergence, these early modern humans expanded into the Near East by as early as 100,000 years ago.



Subsequently, between 100,000 and 50,000 years ago fully modern humans expanded out of Africa, replacing more archaic populations of Homo across Asia and eventually Europe. Dr. Schillaci will present his ongoing research on the evolution of modern humans. Using cranial variation as a proxy for neutral genetic markers, Dr. Schillaci’s research suggests that two distinct modern human lineages may have expanded out of Africa at different times. The significance and implications of these results are discussed. 

Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there. 

The NFSS series is sponsored by The Keg and GSAS (

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