Speaker to Discuss New Evidence of Early Human Evolution at April 15 Lecture

C. Owen Lovejoy, professor of anthropology at Kent State University, to speak at Wooster

April 8, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — C. Owen Lovejoy, professor of anthropology at Kent State University, will present “Reconstructing Earliest Human Evolution: A 21st Century View” on Monday, April 15, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). An open reception with beverages and snacks will be held in the foyer outside the lecture room following the presentation.

The general view of the earliest human evolution is that after our ancestors adopted upright walking, the manufacturing of tools, and increased social interaction, the result was an expansion of the brain, which eventually marked the emergence of Homo sapiens. Much of this scenario is based on the assumption that our ancestors were chimpanzee-like. Recovery of a new ancestral hominid, Ardipithecus ramidus, suggests that this assumption is wholly incorrect, indicating instead that our unique social behavior may be one of our earliest ancestral adaptations and one that has guided our evolution for the past four million years. Lovejoy will address this new evidence and argument in more detail.

The lecture is sponsored by the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Local Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society in Anthropology.

Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2474) or e-mail.