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Human Evolution : Past, Present and Future

Anthropological, Medical and Nutritional Considerations

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Published on Friday, March 22, 2013


An International Conference to review the current knowledge about Human Evolution. Special reference is made to consider how Man's evolution has possibly been influenced by a period of adaptation to an aquatic environment.



Wednesday Thursday 9th May Day 1

0815-0825 Welcome Peter Rhys Evans

  • 0825-0845 Hominin Evolution Revisited (A tribute to Prof. Phillip Tobias) Michael Crawford
  • 0845-0920 Human Evolution and Migration and the Roles of Water Bodies Stephen Oppenheimer
  • 0920-0940 Why neither the Savannah nor the Aquatic Hypotheses holds Water John Langdon
  • 0940-1000 Coastal adaptations, complex topography, and submerged landscapes: an archaeological perspective on human dispersal Geoff Bailey
  • 1000-1020 The Palaeoecology of Human Evolution Stephen Munro

1020-1040 Discussion

1040-1110 Coffee

  • 1110-1130 Coastal Migration of Land-Based Mammals Javier Caraveo-Patiño
  • 1130-1150 The Wading Hypothesis and the Evolution of Human Bipedality Algis Kuliukas
  • 1150-1210 Homo litoralis: Pleistocene Diaspora along Coasts and Rivers Marc Verhaegen
  • 1210-1230 Specialisations for Diving Animal Species Andreas Fahlman

1230-1300 Discussion

1300-1400 Lunch and Poster Display

  • 1400-1420 Lucy, the Australopithecines and Early Bipedal Apes Donald Johanson
  • 1420-1440 Exploitation of Environmental Resources Leigh Broadhurst
  • 1440-1500 Neanderthals and their Demise Clive Finlayson
  • 1500-1520 Evidence from the Seabed for Hominin Occupation of the Coastal Zones throughout the last Million Years Nic Flemming

1520-1540 Discussion

1540-1610 Tea

1610-Moderator: Michael Crawford

  • 1610-1630 African Origins and Human Dispersals Martha Lahr
  • 1630-1650 Happisburgh and European Coastal Settlements Nick Ashton
  • 1650-1710 The Archaeology of Multiple Hominin Dispersals across Southern Asia Michael Petraglia
  • 1710-1730 Who were the First Americans? Dennis Stanford

1730-1800 Discussion

1800 Close

Friday 10 May 2013  Evolution

0830-0900 Introduction Sir David Attenborough

  • 0900-0920 Nature’s Great Experiment: The Evolution and Development of the Human Larynx Jeffrey Laitman
  • 0920-0940 Human Breath-Hold Diving Ability Erika Schagatay
  • 0940-1000 The Origin of Speech Marc Verhaegen & Mario Vaneechoutte
  • 1000-1020 The Darwinian Evolution of Speech –From Near Incipient Vernaculars to Modern Languages Bernard Bichakjian
  • 1020-1040 Aural Exostoses Provide Hard Evidence of Man’s Aquatic Past Peter Rhys-Evans

1040-1100 Discussion

1100-1120 Coffee

  • 1120-1140 Unique Homo Characteristics – Are they Compatible with a Semi-Aquatic Past? Mario Vaneechoutte
  • 1140-1200 Aquatic Reflexes in Newborn Humans Dirk Meijers
  • 1200-1220 Dental Micro-wear and Diet: the Role of Geographic and Cultural Contexts in Human Evolution Pierre-François Puech
  • 1220-1240 Visual Adaptations to Aquatic Lifestyle Anna Gislén

1240-1300 Discussion

1300-1400 Lunch

  • 1400-1420 Pregnancy and Neonates Michel Odent
  • 1420-1440 Survival of the Fattest Stephen Cunnane
  • 1440-1500 Nutrition and Development of the Brain Michael Crawford
  • 1500-1520 Aquatic Foods and Fuelling the Hominin Brain Kathlyn Stewart
  • 1520-1540 Human Brain Changes Resulting From the Aquatic Phase in Human History Brunetto Chiarelli

1540-1600 Discussion

1600-1620 Tea

  • 1620-1640 The Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century Sir David King
  • 1640-1700 Environment, Nutrition and Cancer Dame Valerie Beral
  • 1700-1720 Poverty and Global Nutrition Crisis Kebreab Ghebremeskel

1720-1740 Discussion

1740-1800 Poster Award Ceremony and Closing Remarks


  • Grange St. Paul’s Hotel
    London, Britain (EC4V 5AJ)


  • Thursday, May 09, 2013
  • Friday, May 10, 2013

Attached files


  • human evolution, anthropology, medical and nutritional considerations


  • Marsden Royal
    courriel : conferencecentre [at] rmh [dot] nhs [dot] uk

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Pierre-François Puech
    courriel : pfpuech [at] yahoo [dot] fr


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