The Last Neandertals: The Evolution and Extinction of a Species is the topic of of the next Portland OMSI Science Pub on Monday, April 9, 2012 at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne):
Human evolution can be traced back 7,000,000 years. Modern humans evolved in Africa only 200,000 years ago and as recently as 26,000 years ago we shared parts of the world with at least one other species – the Neandertals (or Neanderthals). Since the discovery of the first Neandertal remains in 1856 in Germany, this species has generated controversy: questions concerning their genetic relationship to modern humans, their capacity for language and artistic expression, and the reasons for their extinction. This Science Pub will present the latest research transforming our understanding of these ancient people and will focus, in particular, on the last surviving populations of Neandertals in Gibraltar.
The presenter is April Nowell, PhD, an archaeologist and associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria.
The science begins at 7pm but arrive early (5pm doors open) to secure your beer, grub, and a seat! There’s a $5.00 suggested donation/cover charge. Minors with adults are welcome, otherwise this event is 21 and over.