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*** African Origins of Human Intelligence *** [FREE; Registration Required]

Wonderfest Science

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

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Our ancestors sprang from populations in sub-Saharan Africa that existed between about 100 and 250 thousand years ago. Rapid evolution produced Homo sapiens from Homo erectus. Our technology exploded during this evolutionary transition, with several apparent African ‘firsts’ and subsequent spreads of technology into Eurasia. We became human in Africa, and the African ‘firsts’ don’t stop with the initial spread of some Homo sapiens into Eurasia.
Dr. Yonatan Sahle, postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley’s Human Evolution Research Center, has recovered the earliest projectile points in the world. Come hear him explain what they tell us about our intellectual origins … and grapple with the challenges they pose to our understanding of human evolution.

Please join Yonatan for a mind-expanding discussion of the archaeological traces of the origins of human intelligence.


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University Theater
California State University East Bay

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

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Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Beacon of Science, is a non-profit educational corporation with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Wonderfest was founded by Tucker Hiatt (, and he currently serves as Executive Director. Eric Yao ( is Technical Director and Board Chairman. Wonderfest headquarters are located just north of San Francisco—in Marin County—at 47 Alta Way, Corte Madera, CA 94925.

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