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Jean-Jacques Hublin Lecture Series in January 2016

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Jean-Jacques Hublin Lecture Series in January



The course “An Introduction to Palaeoanthropology” taught by Prof. dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) will take place 19-22 January 2016, in room F1.02 of the Van Steenis building.


This is a 5 ECTS course for Human Origins track RMA students and an elective for MA students, provided they have an adequate background (e.g. successfully completed Palaeolithic Europe: An Introduction). After attending the lectures, students are required to submit a 3000 word (max) scholarly piece on one of the research topics presented during the course.


Besides those following the course for ECTS, all other students (MA and BA3) and colleagues are invited to sit in on the lectures, provided there is room. Please email Andrew Sorensen ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you intend to participate, and indicate if you wish to acquire the ECTS. Please see the e-Prospectus for the course reading list, here.


The course will be structured as follows:


Day 1: (January 19, 14-17 hrs)

  • Outline of the course

  • The skeletal material and it significance. New approaches to the fossil record (virtual paleoanthropology, microstructures, isotopic studies, paleogenetics).

  • Geological timeframe. Dating the past. Reconstructing the Pleistocene climates.


Day 2: (January 20, 10-12 hrs, 14-17 hrs)

  • Evolutionary theory. Classification and Nomenclature:

  • Overview of Human Evolution.

  • The emergence of the genus Homo

  • The first Eurasian hominins


Day 3: (January 21, 10-12 hrs, 14-17 hrs)


The Neandertals and their contemporaries 1:

  • Historical background

  • Anatomy, Paleogenetics

  • Evolutionary history

  • Growth and development 1 (Life history theory)


Day 4: (January 22, 10-12 hrs, 14-17 hrs)


Neandertals and their contemporaries 2:

  • Growth and development 2 (brain development)

  • Modern Origins

  • Out of Africa

  • Neandertal Extinction



Paléoanthropologie du genre Homo