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￼￼￼￼￼￼￼June 9-10, 2014, The Royal Society, London: The complexity of the human brain is unique. However, the large size at birth poses risks to mother and offspring due to constraints on pelvic architecture imposed by bipedalism. This tension will be explored in the light of new concepts in the relationships between evolution of the brain, the placenta, the immune system at the maternal-fetal interface, and genomic imprinting.
MAY 28 TO JUNE 1, 2014. DUKE UNIVERSITY. Phylogenetic approaches are increasingly important across evolutionary anthropology, including research on behavior, material culture, functional morphology, linguistics, the fossil record, genetics, and the conservation of cultural and biological diversity. By using phylogenetic methods, it is possible to investigate correlated evolutionary change, to identify the factors that influence speciation and extinction rates, and to reconstruct ancestral states.
The Annual AAPA luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 12 in the Hyatt Imperial Ballroom from 12:00 to 2:00pm. This years speaker is Dr. Emőke Szathmáry. The title of her talk is: Searching for Ancestry: Has Biological History become Biological Destiny?
Excavation-Based Archaeology and Bioarchaeology Field School on St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands
June 14 - July 18, 2014. This archaeological and bioarchaeological field school will take place at the Aklis site, a prehistoric shell midden, habitation, and cemetery site, located on the beach in Frederiksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The Aklis site may represent the second Columbus landing site, but is endangered by rising sea levels. Students will gain hands on experience in excavation methods, mapping, artifact identification and classification, excavation of human skeletal material, and osteological data recording. Students will learn about the ecology, history, and culture history of St. Croix through visits to local museums and national parks, such as Buck Island Reef National Monument, Estate Whim Museum and Plantation, a paleoethnobotanical tour of the local rainforest, activities with the National Park Service and United States Fish and Wildlife Services on St. Croix, and interactions with scholars and experts on St. Croix.