Public Release:  Did climate change shape human evolution?

April 19-20, 2012

The Earth Institute at Columbia University

This question has some surprising new answers, to be addressed at this two-day summit of leaders in paleontology, anthropology and climate. Using advances in the fossil record and new methods for reconstructing past climate, scientists will discuss the latest evidence for changes in East Africa over the last 5 million years, and how they may have influenced the evolution of our ancestors. With paleontologist Richard Leakey, paleoclimatologist Peter deMenocal and leaders in many other fields.

WHAT: Did Climate Change Shape Human Evolution?

WHO:

  • Thure Cerling geochemist, University of Utah
  • Peter deMenocal, paleoclimatologist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Richard Leakey; Lawrence Martin, SUNY Stony Brook/Turkana Research Institute, Kenya
  • Naomi Levin, geologist, Johns Hopkins University
  • Rick Potts, director, Smithsonian Institution Human Origins Program
  • Lars Werdelin, curator, fossil vertebrates, Swedish Museum of Natural History
  • And many others. Full list and agenda at the meeting website.

WHEN: Thurs-Fri April 19-20, 2012, 9am-6pm (followed by reception/dinner).

WHERE: Monell Auditorium, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades NY

WEBCAST: Please contact us for log-in instructions.

MEETING SITE (WITH AGENDA, DIRECTIONS): http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/~peter/site/meeting/Welcome.html

PRESS: SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. YOU MUST RSVP TO KEVIN KRAJICK, KKRAJICK@EI.COLUMBIA.EDU, 212-854-9729 or KIM MARTINEAU 845-365-8708 KMARTINE@LDEO.COLUMBIA.EDU

###

The Earth Institute, Columbia University mobilizes the sciences, education and public policy to achieve a sustainable earth. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and future of the natural world. Its scientists study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of its atmosphere, on every continent and in every ocean, providing a rational basis for the difficult choices facing humanity.

Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.