Volcanic Winter, Population Bottlenecks, and Human Evolution

Volcanic Winter, Population Bottlenecks, and Human Evolution

Population Bottlenecks, and Human Evolution

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

The eruption of the Mount Toba supervolcano in the Indonesian island of Sumatra 74,000 years ago brought about an era of severe environmental degradation that decimated populations of Neanderthals and modern humans. Archaeological evidence suggests that modern humans survived this era by creating cooperative intergroup social networks and behaving like tribes. Neanderthals on the other hand, behaved more like primate troops, living in small, closed territories with limited intergroup interaction. Stanley Ambrose, Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the behaviors that contributed to the competitive advantage of modern humans and the demise of Neanderthals.

Free event parking at 52 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA, 02138

Presented by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

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