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30 January 202015:30

The forensic taphonomy of the Rising Star cave system: Homo naledi and the evolution of hominin mortuary practices

The Dinaledi and Lesedi Chambers of the Rising Star cave system have yielded more than 1500 fossil specimens which have been attributed to the de novo taxon Homo naledi. Multi-disciplinary lines of evidence (from structural geology, sedimentology, palaeo- and forensic taphonomy) exclude conventional depositional models seen in other caves in the Cradle of Humankind, including carnivore predation, scavenging, death trap, water transport, mudflow, and mass fatality. We have proposed that the remains of Homo naledi may have been deliberately introduced into the chamber by conspecifics through the practice of funerary caching. This presentation discusses the evolution of primary forms of mortuary practice, drawing on comparative anthropology and primatology to investigate the relationships between non-human primate reactions to death, and the origins of complex ritualised mortuary behaviours.. Full details
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6 February 202015:30

Human occupation and environment during the Holocene in the Cauca River Valley, Colombia - with Juan Carlos Berrio

Human occupation and environment during the Holocene in the Cauca River Valley, Colombia - with Juan Carlos Berrio. Full details
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