Who were they, what happened to them, how are they related to us?
Thursday October 10, 2002 6:00 PM
AAAS Headquarters Washington DC
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Ian Tattersall, Ph.D.
Curator of Physical Anthropology
American Museum of Natural History
J. Wentzel Vrede van Huyssteen, D.Th.
James I. McCord Professor of Theology and Science
Princeton Theological Seminary
Description: Scientists have long known that the popular image of the
Neanderthal as a primitive, hairy, heavily browed, club-wielding brute is
not supported by the fossil evidence. But to date, no consensus has been
arrived at on the riddle of Neanderthals' disappearance. Drawing on the
latest findings, Ian Tattersall will address the mysteries of the
Neanderthals - who they were, how they lived, how they succeeded for so
long, and what happened to them. In his presentation he will draw upon his
own survey of all known Neanderthal fossils, work with Neanderthal DNA, and
on other lines of evidence. He will also discuss what can be understood
today about the relationship of Neanderthals to our own species Homo
General Information on the Lectures
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the AAAS
auditorium located at 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington D.C. Please use
the entrance on the 12th Street NW side, at the intersection with H Street,
and proceed to the 2nd floor. (The New York Avenue entrance is locked after
To arrive by metro: From the metro center station (access from blue, orange,
and red lines) exit to 12th and G streets. Go one block north. Building is
on the northwest corner of H and 12 St. NW.
The evening program will begin with a reception at 5:15 p.m. followed by the
keynote address at 6:00 p.m. The program will finish by 7:30 p.m.
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