Human Origins in Southern Africa

Jeffrey McKee
Department of Anthropology
The Ohio State University

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

At this Science Café, Dr. Jeffrey McKee will show some of the fossil clues that led to the discovery of early human origins in southern Africa.

From 1987 to 1994, Dr. McKee led an excavation at Taung, which in 1924 became the first fossil site to point to human origins in Africa. Since then he has directed research at Makapansgat, an older fossil site that also has remains of our distant predecessors.

From the fossil site of Taung, at the edge of South Africa's Kalahari Desert, to the rich sub-tropical forest of ancient Makapansgat, Dr. McKee will discuss how our remote ancestors adapted to a variety of environments, ultimately leading to the emergence of the most adaptable mammal: Homo sapiens.

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