The Loom

Updating Human Evolution

Light blogging this week is due to my frantic fragment of a week, returning from Thanksgiving and preparing to head down to DC to participate on a panel at the American Anthropological Association. The panel is called “Updating Human Evolution: Bringing Anthropological and Public Coneceptions into Contemporary Perspective,” and will take place Saturday afternoon starting at 1:45 pm. Ten anthropologists are going to talk about new advances in our understanding of human evolution, from humans as prey to the evolution of the sexes. (You can find the full line up here. Search the pdf for the title of the panel.)

The panel will also discuss how the public comes to learn about this sort of research. The discussion is where I come in, along with Ann Gibbons, a reporter for Science magazine and the author of the upcoming The First Human, a book about the oldest hominids which I suspect will be fantastic.

I’m looking forward to the session for both parts of its goals, and I plan to blog about it afterwards.


  1. #1 James C Wise
    December 1, 2005

    When are we going to add podcasts? It would be nice to hear audio of your presentations, panels, etc.

  2. #2 Jason Malloy
    December 1, 2005

    Woah, John Hawks is going to/blogging the same event.

  3. #3 Jason Malloy
    December 1, 2005

    He did have a podcast for Blognotes several weeks ago.

  4. #4 John Landon
    December 1, 2005

    Hmm, very interesting but… Just passing through, thought I would inject some ‘heresy lite’ into the mix. I think Darwinians have missed something Big in the descent of man. Your move.

  5. #5 Jerry Monaco
    December 2, 2005

    Another vote for podcasts or streams. There is an MIT site that streams MIT conferences I wonder why all such conferences don’t have this feature?

  6. #6 Patrick
    December 3, 2005

    Actually, I’d say you haven’t finished your move. What have “Darwinians” missed?

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