Volcanic Winter, Population Bottlenecks, and Human Evolution

Date: 

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6:00pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

2015 Hallam L. Movius, Jr. lecture and reception with Stanley H. Ambrose, Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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 will discuss the behaviors that contributed to the competitive advantage of modern humans and the demise of Neanderthals.

Free and open to the public.

Free event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

Sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology