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
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?