First Contact: Impact of Pleistocene Hominins on Island Ecosystems Conference

Image courtesy of Julien Louys

Event details

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Date & time

Wednesday 26 April 2017
8.30am–5.00pm

Venue

ANU Commons Function Centre

Speaker

Multiple Speakers

Contacts

Juliet Meyer

Islands represent unique ecosystems which are highly vulnerable to environmental disturbances, invasions, and natural disasters. Evidence of Pleistocene hominins on islands, however, is rare and largely restricted to a few islands in East and Southeast Asia, California, and the Mediterranean. This conference day will bring together researchers from around the world, specialising on the archaeological and palaeontological records of islands, to compare chronologies of hominin arrival, available technologies, ecological and geological events, and the records of extinctions. It will address the fundamental question of whether island overkill is a phenomenon restricted to post-Neolithic populations, or has always been a characteristic impact of our species.

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