Evolution of the Genus Homo: Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati
In the human evolutionary history, the most important milestone is the evolution of our own genus, Homo, approximately 2.5 million years ago. It marks the appearance of modern human-like body size, a trend towards larger brain size, and the appearance of humans beyond the African continent. However, despite its importance, this transition is not well understood, and has even become more complicated with recent discoveries.

In her last public lecture as holder of the Eugène Dubois rotating Chair 2018, Prof. Katerina Harvati gave an overview of the fossil record and discussed the questions: how should we define the genus Homo? Who is its ancestor and who itsc earliest member? And finally, what enabled the geographic expansion of early humans into Eurasia?

Prof. Katerina Harvati is Professor of Paleoanthropology at Tübingen University in Germany.
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