Novartis Foundation meeting 29th March 2000
The speciation of modern Homo sapiens
9.00 session 1: Nature and Origin of the Species
Discussion: how many speciation events were there in hominid evolution?
Is there an alternative to saltation?
the problem of the Neanderthals
commentary: C Stringer, P Mellars, I Tattersall, M Corballis, D Bickerton, S Mithen
10.00 James Steele: When did directional asymmetry enter the record ?
commentary: JC Marshall on laterality in the chimpanzee.
11.00 session 2: Language and the Evolution of the Brain
chair: C Blakemore
11.00 JR Hurford: Did language need a speciation event?
11.30 ND Cook: Why language needs both hemispheres.
commentary: D Bickerton, MC Corballis, JC Marshall, TJ Crow, D Ploog, S Mithen
1.30 session 3: Search for a Critical Event
chair P Lachman
Heterochrony and hominid evolution; the concept of Chaline et al
Morphology/embryology – L Wolpert
Chromosome change – MA Ross
Individual differences in brain structure – TJ Crow
2.15 IC McManus: Is the laterality locus on the X (and ?Y) chromosome ?
2.45 CA Sargent/P Blanco: the structure of the Xq21.3/Yp homologous region
in primates and Homo sapiens
commentary: DH Skuse, C Tyler-Smith, NA Affara, E Szathmary, ?MA Jobling
3.30- 4.00 tea/coffee
C Blakemore, ,
M Balter (Science)