Headed to a symposium

For folks in the San Diego / Southern California area, I'm going to be at a symposium at the Salk Institute this Friday and Saturday. The Friday portion is open to the public, and it includes some great speakers -- here's a schedule:

The Origin and Fate of Neanderthals

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
DeHoffmann Auditorium

Friday, November 3, 2006

2:00 - 2:10: Margaret Schoeninger, Opening remarks.

2:10 - 2:30: Svante Pääbo, "Neanderthal DNA"

2:30 - 2:50: John Hawks, "Combining morphology and population genetics"

2:50 - 3:10: Henry Harpending, "Molecular genetics of modern humans and Neanderthals"

3:10 - 3:30: Rachel Caspari, "Changes in life history patterns throughout the Paleolithic"

3:30 - 3:50: Steve Churchill, "The cost of life in ice age Europe"

3:50 - 4:10: John Speth, "Could Neanderthals chew gum and walk at the same time? A look at current archaeological ideas about the last 'archaic humans'"

4:10 - 4:30: Alison Brooks, "Palaeolithic tool industries"

This is really a stellar lineup for a public symposium, representing some of the most cutting edge research on Neandertals. That's one reason to go if you are in the neighborhood.

Another reason is moral support -- hey, I'm the junior participant by a lot! I need all the help I can get! It will help gird me up for the closed door session on Saturday!

Oh, and if you need one more reason? Remember all that stuff I haven't been blogging about? You know, the stuff that it stretches all logic to think that I wouldn't have some opinion about, but somehow the blog is completely silent?