Human Evolutionary Studies Group

SFU’s Human Evolutionary Studies Group meets weekly to discuss interesting new papers that deal with the biological and cultural evolution of humans and our closest relatives. Sessions normally take place between 10:30am and 12pm on Thursdays in the Department of Archaeology, which is on SFU’s Burnaby Mountain campus. The target papers and discussion leaders are listed below.

Occasionally, we also hold special events (e.g., talks by visiting colleagues, training workshops). Details of these events are also provided below.

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10:30-12:00 Thursday 20-June-19

Target article
Draghi, J.A. and Whitlock, M.C. (2012) Phenotypic plasticity facilitates mutational variance, genetic variance, and evolvability along the major axis of environmental variation. Evolution 66, 2891-2902.

Discussion leader
This week’s discussion will be led by Olga Vasileva.

Location
Physical Anthropology Laboratory, SFU Department of Archaeology.

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10:30-12:00 Thursday 13-June-19

Target article
Zietsch, B. and Sidari, M.J. (2019) A critique of life history approaches to human trait covariation. Unpublished manuscript (preprint on PsyArXiv)

Discussion leader
This week’s discussion will be led by Laura Dane.

Location
Physical Anthropology Laboratory, SFU Department of Archaeology.

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10:30-12:00 Thursday 06-June-19

Target article
Ungar, P.S. (2019) Inference of diets of early hominins from primate molar form and microwear. Journal of Dental Research 98, 398-405.

Discussion leader
This week’s discussion will be led by Amalea Ruffett.

Location
Physical Anthropology Laboratory, SFU Department of Archaeology.

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10:30-12:00 Thursday 30-May-19

Target article
Gómez-Robles, A. (2019) Dental evolutionary rates and its implications for the Neanderthal–modern human divergence. Science Advances 5, eaaw1268.

Discussion leader
This week’s discussion will be led by Arne Mooers.

Location
Physical Anthropology Laboratory, SFU Department of Archaeology.

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10:30-12:00 Thursday 23-May-19

Target article
Gonçalves, A. and Carvalho, S. (in press) Death among primates: a critical review of non-human primate interactions towards their dead and dying. Biological Reviews.

Discussion leader
This week’s discussion will be led by Dennis Sandgathe.

Location
Physical Anthropology Laboratory, SFU Department of Archaeology.

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10:30-12:00 Thursday 16-May-19

Target articles
Beheim et al. (submitted) Corrected analyses show that moralizing gods precede complex societies but serious data concerns remain: In reply to “Complex societies precede moralizing gods throughout world history.” Nature.

Slingerland et al. (in press) Historians respond to Whitehouse et al. (2019), “Complex Societies Precede Moralizing Gods Throughout World History.” Journal of Cognitive Historiography.

Whitehouse et al. (2019) Complex societies precede moralizing gods throughout world history. Nature 568, 226-228.

Discussion leader
This week’s discussion will be led by Brea McCauley.

Please note that we will have a special guest this week—Prof. Ted Slingerland of the Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. Prof. Slingerland is the lead author of the Journal of Cognitive Historiography paper and one of the authors of the Beheim et al. (submitted) paper. He has kindly agreed to attend the session and give us the inside scoop.

Location
Physical Anthropology Laboratory, SFU Department of Archaeology.

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10:30-12:00 Thursday 09-May-19

Target articles
Chen et al. (2019) A late Middle Pleistocene Denisovan mandible from the Tibetan Plateau. Nature 01-May-19.

Chang et al. (2015)The first archaic Homo from Taiwan. Nature Communications 6, 6037.

Discussion leader
This week’s discussion will be led by Jon Harding.

Location
Physical Anthropology Laboratory, SFU Department of Archaeology.

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10:30-12:00 Thursday 02-May-19

Target article
Détroit et al. (2019) A new species of Homo from the Late Pleistocene of the Philippines. Nature 568, 181-186.

Discussion leader
This week’s discussion will be led by Mark Collard.

Location
Physical Anthropology Laboratory, SFU Department of Archaeology.