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Fall 2000 - The New York Regional Primatology Colloquia Series

The New York Regional Primatology Colloquia Series

Fall 2000

The New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP)
invites you to attend the following lectures in
The New York Regional Primatology Colloquium


Thursday, October 26, 8 PM

Dr. Jeanne Altmann
Dept of Biology, Princeton University

Life History and Life: the intertwining of demographic and
behavioral models to understand a wild primate population


Thursday, November 9, 8 PM

Dr. Pete Coppolillo

Wildlife Conservation Society

Behavioral ecology of East African pastoralists


Thursday, November 30, 8 PM

Dr. Martin Friess

Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History

Aspects of hominid cranial size and shape,
and their variation during the Late Pleistocene


Thursday, December 7, 8 PM

Dr. Igor Ovchinnikov

Department of Medicine, Columbia University

The hunt for Neanderthal DNA from Southern Russia


ALL TALKS IN Room 208 Main Building, New York University
(Waverly Place, across from the Anthropology Department)
Parking is available on the streets around NYU, with metered spaces free of charge after 6:30-7 pm (unmetered spaces also available, but harder to find vacant). If you have any questions or wish to go to dinner beforehand, please contact:

Tony Di Fiore ( 212-998-3813)

Refreshments will be served after the talks!



NYCEP Friday Seminars in Physical Anthropology

On Friday October 6th at 3 PM in the CUNY Grad Center (365 5th ave, 34-35 street), room C-198 (one floor BELOW the entrance level...), Dr. Eric Sargis will talk about his recently completed CUNY dissertation on functional morphology of the treeshrew postcranium and implications for phylogenetic relationships of primates and other archontans.

On Friday, October 27, from 2:30-4, Ji Xueping (Yunnan Cultural Relics and Archaeology Institute, Kunming, China) will present an informal seminar/workshop on his recent research into the Late Miocene and Pliocene fossil hominoids (and proboscideans) from Yunnan, China

Location: Kriser Film Room, First Floor, Department of Anthropology, New York University, 25 Waverly Place

On Friday November 3, at 2 PM in Room C-198 of the CUNY Grad Center (365 5th ave, 34-35 sts; one floor below entrance), Prof. Vince Stefan (Lehman) will give an informal seminar on:

"Population Prehistory to Perimortem Trauma: The Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Physical Anthropology/Human Osteology"


New York Academy of Sciences Section of Anthropology
presents a lecture

Recent Advances in Studies of Human Variation

Todd Disotell
New York University

Discussant: Vincent Stefan, Lehman College, CUNY

Monday, October 30, 2000 7:30 P.M. 2 East 63rd Street

Our own species' evolutionary history is somewhat unique when compared to most primate species. It has led to a pattern of variation that on the surface seems to be quite extensive. Human genetic variation however is actually extremely low. While the human fossil record may be the best known within the mammals, most of these fossils are distant relatives that did not partake in our direct ancestry. Molecular genetic analyses of both living and fossil peoples reveals a quite recent origin for our species followed by extensive expansion and migration. The obvious physical differences we see amongst ourselves, may literally be only skin deep.

Todd Disotell received his Ph.D. from Harvard University for work on the molecular evolution of the Papionini (Primates: Cercopithecinae) and he is currently Associate Professor of Anthropology at New York University. His research interests include primate evolution, molecular evolution, mammalian evolution, molecular systematics, phylogenetic analysis, population genetics, phylogeography, computer modeling, human evolution, human variation, history of anthropology.

This lecture is free and open to the public For more information or to reserve for dinner before the talk (6:00 PM), please contact Dr. Henry Moss at 212-838-0230 ext. 410