World’s scientists turn to Asia and Australia to rewrite human history

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via The Conversation, 08 December 2017

Researchers in human evolution used to focus on Africa and Eurasia – but not anymore. Discoveries in Asia and Australia have changed the picture, revealing early, complex cultures outside of Africa.

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Symposium on SEA and Australasian human evolution

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Readers in Brisbane may be interested in attending this conference covering the latest of human evolution research in Southeast Asia.

Challenges and Opportunities for Human Evolution Research in SE Asia and Australasia
Griffith University
8 – 9 July 2016

The symposium is linked to the official launch of the Research Centre of Human Evolution at Griffith University. The symposium reviews the current research on human evolution research in SE Asia and Australasia and provides a platform to develop research synergies between Australian researchers, colleagues from SE Asia, and overseas. Invited speakers include Prof Francois Semah, Paris; Prof Chris Stringer, London; Prof Eske Willerslev (Copenhagen).

Register your interest here.

East Asia in the annals of human evolution

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Darren Curnoe argues that recent archaeological finds from East Asia and Southeast Asia hint at fundamental changes in our understanding of human evolution.

East Asia makes a comeback in the human evolution stakes
The Conversation, 22 January 2016

Archaeological discoveries in East Asia over the last decade or so have dramatically rewritten our understanding of human evolution.

But the implications don’t sit easily with many scholars internationally who continue to see Europe and Africa as the heartland of human origins.

For more than 150 years our understanding of human evolution has been largely shaped by the discoveries made in Europe and parts of Africa, like the caves near Johannesburg and the Great Rift Valley on the east of the continent.

Full story here.

Talk on human evolution at Universiti Brunei Darussalam

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03 June 2007 (Borneo Bulletin) – For interested readers in Brunei, Dr Pathamanathan Ragavan will be giving a talk about human evolution, particularly of the evolution of anatomically advanced humans on Wednesday, 6 June 2007.

Medical talk on Human Evolution at UBD

The Institute of Medicine of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) will be holding a medical lecture entitled “Human Evolution Origin of Anatomically Advanced Humans: Who Is Related To Whom” on June 6 at 7.30pm.

The talk, which will be held at the Senate Room, 1st floor of Chancellor Hall, will be facilitated by Prof Pathamanathan Ragavan, a visiting scientist from the School of Archaeology & Anthropology, Australian National University.

This topic surveys the opinions expressed in the recent literature on the origins of anatomically modern homo sapiens, and reviews the evidence from skeletal – biological or cranial – and dental morphology argued by proponents of the opposing views.

The lecture is CME and CNE accredited and registration is free.Members of the public and health professionals are welcome to attend the talk. For more information, contact Siti Rohaiza binti Ahmad at 2463001 (extension 1906/1960) or e-mail

Read the full notice about Dr Pathamanathan Ragavan’s talk on human evolution.

Related Books on the evolution of humankind:
Bioarchaeology of Southeast Asia (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology) by M. Oxenham
Human Origins : The Fossil Record by C. S. Larsen
Guide to Fossil Man by M. H. Day