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Podcast: Interview with Fred Smith


Fred Smith smiles during the discussion following his EvoS seminar. Photo by Hadassah Head.

This week anthropology student Matt Magnani joined EvoS coordinator Jim DeVona to interview Fred Smith, EvoS guest speaker for September 20, 2010. We spoke about Fred’s work with Neandertals and theories of modern human origins.

Click here to download the interview. (MP3; 51:03; 47MB)

Discussion topics:

  • Seminar summary
  • Fred’s background
  • Interest in Neandertals
  • Writing and communication
  • Multiregionalism vs. the assimilation model
  • Fossil dating techniques
  • The assimilation model and “out of Africa”
  • Species concepts
  • Key morphological characteristics (esp. occipital buns)
  • Genetic evidence
  • Sample property rights
  • Lithic evidence

Unfortunately, the last few minutes of our recording were lost due to depleted batteries, hence the abrupt conclusion. Next time we’ll plug in the mic!

Matt and Jim will be back next week to interview Darryl de Ruiter, another paleoanthropologist whose work deals with an even earlier period in our ancestry.

Posted on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 in News/Podcast by EvoS.


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