January 24-26, 2017 (Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris)
Theme 1: Biological Anthropology of the African continent: from first hominids to current populations
Invited speaker: R. FOLEY, Evolutionary geography: the dynamic role of the African environment in becoming human
Theme 2: Fossils, from a shape to potential functions
Invited speaker: I. De GROOTE : One million years of humans in Britain
Behind the increasing technicality of palaeoanthropological works, we often forget that beyond the extreme quantification of fossil forms and phylogenetic questions, exploring a function (motor, cognitive, nutrition, ...), its disorders or a particular activity are often possible. This session is dedicated to these palaeoanthropological studies that (for this occasion) place a function at the heart of their questionings, to comparative works that provide with bases for functional inferences, and to studies that question the limits of such approaches.
Theme 3: Scientific breaking news
This theme will host new research from the discipline, including recent discoveries or methodological advances.