To celebrate Darwin Day, UALR will present guest lecturer Herman Pontzer discussing “Out of Africa 1.0: Darwin, Dmanisi, and the First Humans to Explore the Globe” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Dickinson Hall Auditorium.
Pontzer is an assistant professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.
Remains of hominids – any member of the biological family homidae (the “great apes”), including the extinct humans – found at the Dmanisi site in the Republic of Georgia are the oldest hominids, Homo ergaster, found outside of Africa.
Pontzer is involved in the ongoing excavations in the Republic of Georgia. The fieldwork is providing an opportunity to apply results from the lab to the fossil record.
Darwin Day is a global celebration of science held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of Charles Darwin.
For more information, contact the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at 569-3173.