The Origins of Human Evolution - Out of Africa and into the PRM

Wednesday 13 November, 18.30 - 19.30 

human diversity bard

Some 45,000 years ago, a group of about 1500 humans who were genetically similar left Africa for Asia. Successive generations of their descendants were the first members of H.sapiens to explore the earth, apart from Australia - the ancestors of today's indigenous population left Africa around 10,000 years earlier. The talk will discuss how that original group became the genetically diverse mix of peoples who now inhabit our world. Perhaps surprisingly, some of the key evidence on the limitations of our differences today is to be found in the Pitt Rivers Museum.