FOCUS EVENT: Human Origins

Saturday, 28th November 2015 – 14:30 – David Sweet Hall Small Hall and the Church, ECURC

Our annual Focus meeting takes “Human Origins” as its theme.

PLEASE NOTE: The Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society’s Focus Meeting on ‘Human Origins’ of November 28th, 2015 will be held at 14:30 in the Small Hall and church of the Croydon United Reformed Church rather than the Large Hall as we have been informed that the Large Hall has suffered smoke damage. Gather in the Small Hall. 

Starting at 14:30, there are two speakers scheduled – each giving a talk of 45-60 minutes. As usual there will be an interval for tea between the talks. At the end there will be a session when questions can be put to the speakers.

The first speaker is Dr Jill Cook, Keeper in the Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory of the British Museum (BM). Jill was the Society’s Curatorial Adviser at a time when it seemed possible that we might be able to become an accredited museum. In 2013 she was the Curator of the British Museum exhibition Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind. This covered the period from 100,000 – 20,000 years BP when modern man spread out of Africa and the human brain developed, as indicated by the appearance of figurative art.

After the tea interval the speaker will be Professor Fred Spoor, Professor of Evolutionary Anatomy in the Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at University College, London. He also is Professor, Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.

His main research interests are ‘Human palaeontology, evolution of skull morphology during the Plio-Pleistocene of Africa’ and ‘Comparative and functional morphology of the mammalian inner ear’. He has collaborated with the Leakeys on the classification of hominin skeletal material from the Lake Turkana region of eastern Africa.

At the meeting there will be a display of some of the casts of skulls from early hominins/ australopithecines held in the Society’s museum.

Non-members are encouraged to make a donation to help cover the costs of organising the meetings.

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