Exploring human evolution

Hear from some of the world’s leading experts on human evolution and explore how genomics is transforming our knowledge of our species

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Cultural Zone, Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton CB10 1SA


Tue 21st Nov, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This November, the world’s leading researchers in human evolution will meet at the Wellcome Genome Campus for a brand-new conference, Human Evolution: Fossils, Ancient and Modern Genomes. To complement this there will be a public talk, open to all, on the research today, and where it could head in the future. So join us for an evening of discovery, as some of the world’s leading researchers into human evolution reveal how genomics is changing what we can know about our origins.

The panel features:

Professor Svante Pääbo, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology who sequenced the first Neanderthal genome and identified the Denisovans, a previously unknown species of human.

Dr Marta Mirazon Lahr, co-founder of the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies in Cambridge.

Professor Chris Stringer, Merit Researcher at the Natural History Museum and co-director of the Pathways to Ancient Britain project.

Dr Brenna Henn, whose lab at Stony Brook University investigates patterns of human genetic diversity and evolution.

It will be chaired by Adam Rutherford author and presenter of BBC’s Inside Science, whose most recent book is A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived.

There will also be a chance to explore our current exhibition, Hidden Lives, to find out more about the archaeology unearthed at the Wellcome Genome Campus. Our bar will also be open, serving a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks.

Places are free but booking is essential