Ancient Genomes, Paleoenvironments, Archaeology, and the Peopling of the Americas
NYAS Lecture Series
Join us Monday evening December 5th at a NEW TIME 5:45 PM at the Wenner-Gren Foundation for the next installment of the New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology Section Lecture Series. Dennis O'Rourke, Foundation Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas will be presenting "Ancient Genomes, Paleoenvironments, Archaeology and the Peopling of the Americas". Wenner-Gren Foundation President, Leslie C. Aiello, will act as discussant.
Please note that the lecture begins at 6:30 PM and, while the event is free to attend pre-registration is required for entry into the building.
Traditionally, indigenous American populations have been viewed as descendants of a small subset of the Eurasian population that migrated to the Western Hemisphere less than 15,000 years ago from Asia via the Bering Land Bridge. Recent archaeological discoveries indicate that humans occupied high-latitude regions in Northeast Asia and Western Beringia before 30,000 years ago, prior to the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). The early settlement of Beringia now appears part of the broader dispersal of modern humans out of Africa and across Eurasia. Recent metagenomic evidence suggests the earliest migrants south of the glaciers likely followed a coastal route rather than an interior continental path between retreating glacial masses. The merging of the increasingly rich and robust genomic (both ancient and modern), archaeological, and paleoecological records is proving to be challenging in elucidating the origin of a distinctive Native American genome in both time and space.
Buffet Dinner at 5:45 pm ($20 contribution for dinner guests / free for students).
Remember: lecture begins at 6:30 pm and is free and open to the public, however pre-registration is required to attend the lecture.
Dennis O’Rourke (KU – PhD in Anthropology, emphasis in genetics) - Foundation Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kansas, Director of the KU ancient DNA Laboratory, Associate Director of the Laboratories of Biological Anthropology, and Professor Emeritus University of Utah