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Professor Chris Stringer

Public Lecture – Human Origins: Where Are We Now?

World-renowned palaeoanthropologist, Professor Chris Stringer, will give a public lecture on how a host of recent new discoveries are changing our view about how our species evolved.

The lecture will take place at the John Lennon Art and Design Building Lecture Theatre on Saturday 9th September, 5pm-6pm - get directions

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Professor Chris Stringer (FRS) is an engaging and dynamic speaker who has been invited to give talks throughout Britain and beyond. He made the Evening Standard’s list of the “Most Influential People of 2012” as “Britain’s foremost expert on human evolution and a pioneer in this rapidly changing field”. He is well known for his TV appearances such as the BBC One Show, Museum of Life and is a frequent commentator on national and international news outlets.

His early research was on the relationship of Neanderthals and early modern humans in Europe, but through his work on the ‘Recent African Origin’ theory of modern human origins, he now collaborates with archaeologists and geneticists to reconstruct the evolution of modern humans globally.

He has published over 250 scientific papers and his recent popular science books include The Complete World of Human Evolution (2011, with Peter Andrews), The Origin of Our Species (UK 2011), published in the USA as Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth (2012), Homo britannicus (2007) and Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story (2014, with Rob Dinnis).

Chris’ books are as engaging to read as his talks and have been described as:

"A beautiful book on a fascinating subject, written by a world authority"

Richard Dawkins

"Superlative ... Pure stimulation from beginning to end"

Bill Bryson

"Every chapter contains something new, and throws up a fresh location that deserves to become famous"

Sunday Times

Chris Stringer will transport us to the dawn of humans and back in this exciting public lecture!