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Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies

Conference 2015

The Second Scientific Conference of Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies (PTNCE) was held on 21-23 September 2015 at the Faculty of Biology of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The conference was organised by PTNCE and Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU).

The Organising Committee was chaired by Dr habil. Katarzyna Kaszycka, Head of the Department of Human Evolutionary Ecology at AMU. The conference programme included 7 sessions with 30 talks and nearly 20 posters, which were presented to 70 participants and listeners, 15 out of whom were from abroad. The conference was concluded with a trip to Ostrów Lednicki, which took place on 24 September.

Plenary lectures were delivered by: W. Tecumseh Fitch, Anthony Little, Wojciech Makałowski and Brigitte Senut.

W. Tecumseh Fitch
Evolutionary biologist and cognitive scientist. University of Vienna, Austria.

Scientific interests:
Evolution and the neural basis of cognition and communication. Biolinguistics. Bioacoustics: physiology and the reception of vocalisation in vertebrates (including human speech). Evolution of communication systems in animals, including speech, language and music. Biomusicology. Theoretical biology. Sonification. Biology and aesthetics.

Title of the lecture: Dendrophilia and the evolution of music and language.

Anthony Little
Evolutionary psychologist. University of Stirling, United Kingdom.

Scientific interests:
Evolutionary approaches to face perception: sexual selection and facial attractiveness, inter-individual variation in face preference, intercultural similarities and differences, biological and cultural determinants of preference variability.

Title of the lecture: Beauty in the eye of the beholder: Evolution and variability in face preferences.

Wojciech Makalowski
Evolutionary biologist and bioinformatician. Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany.

Scientific interests:
Molecular evolution. The evolution of genomes: the influence of transposons on the host’s genome. The evolution of introns. Evolutionary medicine: coevolution of the parasite and the host in tropical diseases. The history of evolutionary thought.

Title of the lecture: Treasure hidden in the genome.

Brigitte Senut
Palaeontologist from Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France.

Scientific interests:
Evolution of apes (Miocene and Pliocene) and the origins of humans, dichotomy between monkeys and humans, evolution of types of locomotion in primates and the beginnings of bipedalism in hominids.

Title of the lecture: Hominid origins: where and when?

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