The 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2012)


Session 9. Language Origins and Pre-modern Europeans: New Ways of Approaching an Old Problem. The Wiley-Blackwell Symposium. Invited Podium Symposium. Chair: David W. Frayer and Marina Lozano

Thursday Afternoon, Grand Ballroom II Add to calendar

Language ability in Neandertals and their European ancestors has long been a contentious issue. New developments from a variety of disciplines in primatology, paleogenetics, human paleontology and archaeology are changing our views of the linguistic capabilities of these early Europeans.  This collection of presentations offers multiple perspectives from scholars studying living primates, material culture and symbolism, ancient DNA, and pre-Neandertal and Neandertal fossils. All provide new ways of addressing the linguistic capability in fossils, especially, pre-modern Europeans.

1:00-1:15 Add to calendar Competing models of language evolution: what counts as evidence?. Kathleen R. Gibson.
1:15-1:30 Add to calendar An ape's view of language and handedness: consequence, correlation or coincidence?. Linda F. Marchant, William C. McGrew.
1:30-1:45 Add to calendar Did the origins of human language involve changes in the insula?. Benjamin C. Campbell, Nickolas L. Hirn.
1:45-2:00 Add to calendar Hominin tool-making: laterality, language, and learning. Natalie T. Uomini.
2:00-2:15 Add to calendar Weighing the evidence: the significance of symbolic behavior among European Neandertals. April Nowell.
2:15-2:30 Add to calendar Neandertal paleogenomics and the origins of language. Carles Lalueza-Fox.
2:30-2:45 Add to calendar Skeletal evidence for handedness throughout growth and development. Amanda Blackburn.
2:45-3:00 Add to calendar Language from endocasts..."If it looks like a duck...". Ralph L. Holloway.
3:15-3:30 Add to calendar On the origin of language: the Atapuerca evidence. Ignacio Martinez, R M. Quam, M Rosa, P Jarabo, C Lorenzo, A Bonmatí, A Gómez-Olivencia, A Gracia, J L. Arsuaga.
3:30-3:45 Add to calendar Teeth and handedness of Homo heidelbergensis from Sima de los Huesos site (Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain). Marina Lozano, José María Bermúdez de Castro, Eudald Carbonell, Juan-Luis Arsuaga.
4:00-4:15 Add to calendar The cochlear labyrinth of Krapina Neandertals. Michaela E. Beals, Jakov Radovčić.
4:15-4:30 Add to calendar Right-handedness in Regourdou 1. David W. Frayer, Virginie Volpato, Roberto Macchiarelli, Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg, Ivana Fiore, Luca Bondioli.
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