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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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July 25th 2012:The Scientific Background to Human Origins Research

Our survey of the listenership has established the "Human Origins" theme as the most provocative and captivating area of archaeological research. It has also inspired some of the most controversial exchanges on our Social Media networks, drawing the attention of scientists and creationists alike. Today's topic provides an overview of the history of Human Origins research. We track developments in human evolutionary science beginning in the 19th century and culminating in human genetic research, now viewed as pivotal for explaining the evolutionary trajectory of the human form. Our very special

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Geoff A. Clark

Geoff A. Clark in the course of his remarkable career was a Regent’s Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. He has headed the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association, and the Anthropology Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Clark is the author, co-author or editor of over 250 articles, notes, reviews and comments, and 11 monographs and books on human biological and cultural evolution. His current interests turn on the logic of interference underlying knowledge claims in the various aspects of modern human origins research, and with applications of neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory in a
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