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Should we rewrite the beginnings of human history?

Repeat of the show from June 21, 2017

Not so long ago, everything was pretty easy. Man had appeared in East Africa, first with Lucy and the Australopithecus, then with the Homo, the Habilis and the Erectus, and then, about 200,000 years before our time, Sapiens the Beautiful the Great, who ruled the fort, left something behind Neanderthal cousin. But that was before. Before Toumaï, before the rehabilitation of the Neanderthals, before Naledi and Denisova and above all before Jebel Irhoud, who made Sapiens look 100,000 years old, also thanks to the advances in dating techniques.

Should we rewrite human history? This is the problem that the scientific method will try to solve.

And to rewrite this story are our storytellers of the day Jean-Jacques Hublin, the man behind Jebel Irhoud, holder of the chair for paleoanthropology at the Collège de France and professor at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and Catherine Hänni, CNRS paleogeneticists at PALGENE, the national platform for paleogenetics in the laboratory for alpine ecology at the University of Grenoble.

The report of the day

Paleogenomics and contamination of fossils with Thierry Grange and Eva Maria Geigl:

The thread of the show

Musical references

Title of the day: “A broken skeleton key” by Peter Von Poehl

Leader: “Music to watch space girls from” by Leonard Nimoy

Credit: “Bergschrund” by DJ Shadow

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