Comparative Anthropogeny: From Molecules to Societies

Event Date (Pacific Time): 
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Chairs:

Pascal Gagneux, University of California, San Diego
Alyssa Crittenden, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

This symposium addressed several important distinctly human characteristics that ranged from molecules, to metabolism, anatomy, disease, and behavior. Goals included transdisciplinary interactions, improved self-understanding, promotion of ethically sound studies to explain known differences, and the generation of new, potentially unexplored, insights on uniquely-human specializations. Given the interest in understanding our evolution, this symposium also helped to organize how and in what sequence distinctly human physical, mental, social, and cultural features evolved. Such understanding may help explain the origin of our species and how it came to now directly shape the planet, giving rise to the Anthropocene (a proposed geological epoch distinguished by human influence on climate and the environment).

The CompAnth series gathers dedicated CARTA Members and MOCA entry editors for discussions regarding humans and our closest evolutionary cousins (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans i.e, "great apes"), with an emphasis on uniquely human features. These insights form the foundation for CARTA's "Matrix of Comparative Anthropogeny" (MOCA)" online resource and upcoming ebook entitled, "Comparative Anthropogeny (CompAnth)."

Principal funding for the MOCA/CompAnth project and this public symposium has been generously provided by CARTA Major Sponsor Annette Merle-Smith. Additional support provided by CARTA Patrons Ingrid Benirschke-Perkins and Gordon Perkins, Eli Shefter and Elizabeth Lancaster (in honor of Pascal Gagneux); as well as by CARTA Friends Kathlyn Furr, John Sterling, Donald and Caroline Stewart, and many generous CARTA supporters like you!

Event Sessions

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Media Session Speakers
File Welcome & Opening Remarks Ajit Varki, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Alyssa Crittenden, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
File LINE1 Retrotransposons Carol Marchetto, University of California, San Diego
File ABO Blood Groups Pascal Gagneux, University of California, San Diego
File Phytanic Acid Metabolism Joseph Hacia, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
File Siglec-11 Expression in the Brain Ajit Varki, UC San Diego School of Medicine
File Human Arcuate Fasciculus James Rilling, Emory University
File Incidence of Carcinomas Nissi Varki, UC San Diego School of Medicine
File The Impact of Intergroup Social Ties on Coalitionary Aggression Pauline Wiessner, Arizona State University & University of Utah
File Food Sharing James O'Connell, University of Utah
File Technology Dietrich Stout, Emory University
File Quantity and Number Rafael Núñez, University of California, San Diego
File Question & Answer Session and Closing Remarks All Speakers
Margaret Schoeninger, University of California, San Diego

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