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The role of climate in shaping human demography and migrations during the out-of-Africa expansion

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The timing and tempo of the expansion of Anatomically Modern Humans out of Africa have been argued to be governed by changing climatic conditions that opened and closed key gateways to different regions. However, whilst genetics has played a key role in determining the timing of expansion waves, causative climatic factors are mostly invoked without any formal testing. In this talk, I will discuss the key dispersal events of Anatomically Modern Humans that have been associated with climatic changes, and discuss how genetic, archaeological and climatic information can be formally integrated in a quantitative fashion to study their interaction, and better understand the processes by which our species expanded to colonise the whole globe.

This talk is part of the Biological Anthropology Seminar Series series.

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