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Events
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 | 4:10 – 5pmConference Center & Welcome Center
Storer Lectureship (public lecture) by Philipp Gunz: Neanderthals Agree You Have a Weird Head: Fossil Traces of Human Brain Evolution

Speaker: Philipp Gunz, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig, Germany

Philip Gunz is a biological anthropologist with a primary research interest in palaeoanthropology. He studies the evolution of developmental patterns with the aim of understanding what makes us human by comparing our own species with our closest living and fossil relatives. As fossils are usually found broken into many pieces, and only partially complete, a central topic of his work is the virtual reconstruction of fossils using computed tomographic scans. In his work, he explores different aspects of ontogenetic and phylogenetic shape changes — in particular the evolution and development of the brain and the imprint it leaves in the bony braincase through an interdisciplinary approach that brings together analysis of fossil skulls, ancient genomes, brain imaging and gene expression.

Location - Hybrid Format:

  • In person: UC Davis Conference Center
  • Virtual: Zoom information will be provided to registrants

Agenda:

  • 4:00pm - doors open
  • 4:10pm - introductory remarks
  • 4:15pm - “Neanderthals Agree You Have a Weird Head: Fossil Traces of Human Brain Evolution”

About the Series:
The Tracy and Ruth Storer Lectureship in the Life Sciences is the most prestigious of the endowed seminars at UC Davis. Established in 1960, the Storer Endowment makes it is possible to invite distinguished biological scientists to campus to present two lectures and meet with faculty members and graduate students in their field of interest. The series is presented by the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences.

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Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 4:10 – 5pmConference Center & Welcome Center
Storer Lectureship (peer lecture) by Philipp Gunz: Connecting Genotype and Phenotype: The Next Frontier in the Palaeosciences

Speaker: Philipp Gunz, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig, Germany

Philip Gunz is a biological anthropologist with a primary research interest in palaeoanthropology. He studies the evolution of developmental patterns with the aim of understanding what makes us human by comparing our own species with our closest living and fossil relatives. As fossils are usually found broken into many pieces, and only partially complete, a central topic of his work is the virtual reconstruction of fossils using computed tomographic scans. In his work, he explores different aspects of ontogenetic and phylogenetic shape changes — in particular the evolution and development of the brain and the imprint it leaves in the bony braincase through an interdisciplinary approach that brings together analysis of fossil skulls, ancient genomes, brain imaging and gene expression.

Location - Hybrid Format:

  • In person: UC Davis Conference Center
  • Virtual: Zoom information will be provided to registrants

Agenda:

  • 4:00pm - doors open
  • 4:10pm - introductory remarks
  • 4:15pm - “Connecting Genotype and Phenotype: The Next Frontier in the Palaeosciences”

About the Series:
The Tracy and Ruth Storer Lectureship in the Life Sciences is the most prestigious of the endowed seminars at UC Davis. Established in 1960, the Storer Endowment makes it is possible to invite distinguished biological scientists to campus to present two lectures and meet with faculty members and graduate students in their field of interest. The series is presented by the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences.

***Registration Link Forthcoming***

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