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SATURDAY 28 NOVEMBER– Annual FOCUS MEETING
This year is on the subject of Human Origins. Starting at 14:30, there are two speakers scheduled – each giving a talk of 45-60 minutes. At the end there will be a session when questions can be put to the speakers. A chance to meet up with society members and friends, and also to see what has been going on and pay subscriptions or to join. As usual tea will be provided. Non members are encouraged to make a donation. David Sweet Hall, ECURC. There will also be a bookstall selling society publications as well as a selection
of second hand books. Why not bring some to add to the table, proceeds go to the
society as donations.
The first speaker is Dr Jill Cook, Keeper in the Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory of the British Museum (BM). Jill was the Society’s Curatorial Adviser at a time when it seemed possible that we might be able to become an accredited museum. In 2013 she was the Curator of the BM exhibition Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind. This covered the period from 100,000 – 20,000 years BP when modern man spread out of Africa and the human brain developed, as indicated by the appearance of figurative art.
After the tea interval the speaker will be Professor Fred Spoor, Professor of Evolutionary Anatomy in the Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at University College, London. He also is Professor, Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. His main research interests are ‘Human palaeontology, evolution of skull morphology during the Plio-Pleistocene of Africa’ and ‘Comparative and functional morphology of the mammalian inner ear’. He has collaborated with the Leakeys on the classification of hominin skeletal material
from the Lake Turkana region of eastern Africa.