Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 4:00pm
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Haller Hall (102), Geo Museum, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

Harvard Climate Seminar

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences present "Climate and the Peopling of the World" with Peter de Menocal, Dean of Science, Director of the Center for Climate & Life, and Thomas Alva Edison/ConEd Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University.

One of the most puzzling questions in modern human origins has been why the dispersal of modern Homo sapiens out of Africa was so delayed after their first appearance in East African fossil record near  ~200 ka (ka, thousands of years ago). Fossil, archaeological, and genetic evidence indicate that early migrations into the Levant and Arabian Peninsula occurred around 120-90 ka, but the global dispersal of our kind did not occur until after 70-60 ka. New paleoclimate records and coupled climate-vegetation-population modeling constrain this narrative, highlighting the central importance of high- and low-latitude climate interactions in regulating the flows of humanity out of Africa that populated the world. 

Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

Contact Name: 

Sabinna Cappo

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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