Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Lecture Series

John Hoffecker:The Earliest Modern Humans in Eastern EuropeFindings-in-Middle-East-suggest-early-human-routes-into-Europe

The Earliest Modern Humans in Eastern Europe

Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist John Hoffecker, Ph.D will present the free Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) lecture, “The Earliest Modern Humans in Eastern Europe,” 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Paleontology Hall at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

Global Dispersal of Humans

It is likely that Homo sapiens originally arrived in Eastern Europe in migratory waves. Hoffecker will highlight the parallels between sites on the plains between the Carpathian and Ural Mountains and the Paleoindian sites of the North American Plains and Southwest. These sites on two continents provide evidence of major technological innovations that were critical to Homo sapiens’ adaptation to cooler and less productive environments of the East European Plain.

Hoffecker works in Russia and Alaska on the ecology of prehistoric human populations in northern environments. His primary research focus is the global dispersal of humans, which began more than 50,000 years ago in Africa.

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