BH13
Exploring human origins: exciting discoveries at the start of the 21st century

Convenors:
Anek R. Sankhyan (Palaeo Research Society)
Location:
University Place 4.204
Start time:
6 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
6

Short abstract:

The panel shall bring out at one place the most exciting fossil discoveries made since 2000 AD of the hominoids, hominids, hominins and early modern humans and their archaeological, artistic and genomic signatures highlighting important features and evolutionary implications at regional/continental/ intercontinental level benefiting all.

Long abstract:

Our understanding of the 'Evolving Humanity', the focal theme of this World Congress, has primarily come from the solid contributions of palaeontologists, archaeologists, primatologists and molecular geneticists, which, anthropologists, evolutionary biologists, ecologists, philosophers and creationists interpret in various ways to understand the emergence of our species, Homo sapiens, its expansion and divinity. Anthropological thought is expected to be holistic, but in practice most scholars across specialties hardly appreciate or understand the disparate findings of one another reported in highly technical language in journals and books less accessible to many scholars. This unique panel allows all specialists to come out with their significant discoveries of the decade and provide their first-hand feel, appreciate and understand each others' great findings and re-explore their worth at regional/ continental / intercontinental level. Only through such attempt would emerge a collective true understanding: why there existed a long ape-ancestry and hominid radiation- the fossils say, a rapid hominization and expansion- the artefacts and genomic signatures say, and accomplishment of a higher ethical and philosophical faculty since millennia - says the rock art. Let us all realize the good intention and seize the opportunity to place our significant varied findings in this panel for a coherent scientific understanding of the 'evolving humanity and the emerging worlds'.