The Ruth and Vincent Megaw Lecture in Archaeology and Art

26jun5:30 pm8:00 pmThe Ruth and Vincent Megaw Lecture in Archaeology and Art

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Primate extinction: exploring the timing and drivers, Presented by Dr Kira Westaway, Macquarie University

In this talk, Dr Westaway will review three attempts we have made to define the extinction of three well-known primates; Homo floresiensis, in Flores Indonesia, Homo erectus in Ngandong Java and Gigantopithecus blacki in southern China. Dr Westaway will outline a dating strategy for each area and assess the implications of these resulting chronologies. These examples suggest that whether primates are large or small, whether they have been around for a long time or a short time, certain species’ traits can make them vulnerable to climatic and environmental changes. A robust dating context helps us to pin-point these potential changes and allow us to assess primate response from a behavioural perspective. These findings have implications for primate survival in the future.

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Time

26 June 2024 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm(GMT+09:30)

Location

Flinders University City Campus | Level 14

1 Festival Tower, Festival Plaza, Adelaide 5000

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