The 89th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2020)

Session 60. Human Evolution in Asia: Zooming In and Zooming Out. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Sang-Hee Lee

April 18, 2020 8 a.m. - noon, Diamond 6 Add to calendar

In the beginning of paleoanthropology history, Asia was looked upon as the Cradle of (Hu)Mankind, the site now easily identified with Africa. The fervor to search for human origins shifted its geography from Asia in the first half of the 20th century to Africa in the second half, with Europe always at the forefront of modern human origins debate. Asian paleoanthropology resurfaced in the 21st century. New discoveries made in the last 20 years led to dramatic reconfigurations of what used to be considered tenets of hominin evolution in Asia. Now we understand that hominins in Asia have the time depth that matches the tenure of genus Homo in Africa, that admixture and introgression took place among archaic hominins. With new data and new research, we can zoom in to explore timeless questions with higher resolution; we can zoom out and reveal new connections. We ask about the hominins who first entered various regions in Asia, with or without previous occupants, and various adaptation strategies for local environments.

Discussant: Sang-Hee Lee
1 Add to calendar Conundrum: Homo erectus in Middle and Late Pleistocene maritime Southeast Asia and Australia. Milford H. Wolpoff, Vincent M. Battista.
2 Add to calendar Pre-Natufian Epipaleolithic evidence for dental ablation in southwest Asia? Revisiting Ohalo II H2. John C. Willman, Sarah A. Lacy.
3 Add to calendar Patterns of Changes in Cranial Capacity in Asia. Autumn Hudock, Sang-Hee Lee.
4 Add to calendar Spatial patterning in the evolution and diversity of early modern humans in East Asia. Lynne A. Schepartz, Xiujie Wu, Wu Liu.
5 Add to calendar Early modern humans in China: A view from Guangxi. Christopher J. Bae, Wei Wang, Wei Liao.
6 Add to calendar The first voyagers in East Asia: Peopling of the Japanese islands in the Late Pleistocene. Yousuke Kaifu.
7 Add to calendar Hominin introgression in Island Southeast Asia and Sahul. Joao C. Teixeira.
8 Add to calendar The Crucial role of Asia in the Evolutionary History of Native American Populations. Andrew Kitchen.
9 Add to calendar 150 years of research on the origins of the Japanese: Colonialism and neo-colonialism . Noriko Seguchi.
10 Add to calendar Virtual Reconstruction of Hungsu Child No. 1: The Case of Paleolithic Child Burial in Korea?. Sang-Hee Lee, Gary Richards, Marcella Mora.
11 Add to calendar Sweet tooth: Southwest Asian humans, their diet, and caries in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic. Sarah A. Lacy.