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Cell Symposium: Evolution of Modern Humans – From Bones to Genomes

March 16 - 18

Abstract submission deadline: November 8, 2013
Early registration deadline: January 6, 2013

How did our species, Homo sapiens, become what it is today? How did our ancestors spread across the globe? How did their bodies and minds evolve?

The study of these fascinating questions has seen a veritable revolution in recent years: genome sequencing of ancient and extant humans, and their relatives, has revealed our evolutionary history in unprecedented detail and sheds light on how humans adapted; new analyses of fossils and archaeology reveal what makes humans so unique.

Our Cell Symposium Evolution of Modern Humans From Bones to Genomes pays homage to this revolution by bringing together an uniquely broad mix of world-class researchers who study the evolution of our species from various angles from palaeoanthropology to genetics, genomics and archaeogenetics, through to the study of cultural and cognitive processes.

This meeting will synthesize our current picture of the evolution of modern humans and formulate the most exciting questions for future research.

Session Topics:

· Human genetics and genomics

· Adaptation

· Archaeogenetics

· Palaeoanthropology

· Cognition and culture

Confirmed Speakers

Ofer Bar-Yosef, Peabody Museum, Harvard University, USA
Anna DiRienzo, University of Chicago, USA
Wolfgang Enard, Ludwig-Maximilans University Munich, Germany
Michael Hammer, University of Arizona, USA
Jean-Jacques Hublin (organiser), Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
Mathias Jakobsson, Uppsala University, Sweden
Kevin Laland, University of St. Andrews, UK
Carles Lalueza-Fox (organiser), Institut de Biologia Evolutiva, Barcelona, Spain
Svante Pääbo, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
Mark Pagel, Reading University, UK
Chris Stringer, Natural History Museum, London, UK
Sarah Tishkoff, University of Pennsylvania, USA
John Novembre, University of Chicago, USA
Cliff Tabin, Harvard University, USA
Tim Weaver, University of California, USA
Eske Willerslev, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Organizing Committee

Florian Maderspacher, Senior Editor, Current Biology
Paul Craze, Editor, Trends in Evolution and Ecology
Carles-Lalueza Fox, Institut de Biologia Evolutiva, Barcelona
Jean-Jacques Hublin, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Marie Treadwell
Marketing Communications Manager
Elsevier/Cell Press
Email: marie@treadwell.me.uk

Marie Treadwell


March 16, 2014
March 18, 2014
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