Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Human Origin in East Africa, as seen in the Olduvai Gorge Tanzania
Speaker: Dr. Julio Mercader Florin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary. He is a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institution, and a former Canada Research Chair. His work involves evolutionary ecology and human origins in East Africa. His interest in human evolution and tropical ecosystems has led Dr. Mercader to conduct work in several African countries.
Dr Mercader is the Director of S.D.S. (Stone Tools, Diet, & Sociality at the Dawn of Humanity) a multidisciplinary assessment of ancient environments and ecosystems, diet, subsistence, and technological stability. Using sophisticated portable laboratories and cutting edge analytical techniques, SDS investigates how changing paleoenvironmental conditions influenced hominid dietary behaviour and stone tool technology development and use, and how these factors act as key drivers in human evolutionary research. The project is interested in the interconnections among water availability, plant cover, food ways, technology, and the strategic settlement across the African landscape that paved the way to humanity.