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March 17–19, 2015

The Colonization of Africa by Early Anthropoid Primates

Chaired by K. Christopher Beard, Foundation Distinguished Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas

Researchers took advantage of the lull in fieldwork due to disruptions caused by events following the Arab Spring to compare pivotal fossils from three disparate North African localities side-by-side, to discuss and evaluate geological evidence for the ages of the various fossil sites, and to develop a broader consensus on the evolutionary and ecological consequences of the anthropoid colonization of Africa.

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April 11–13, 2015

Land, Water, and Empire in the High-Altitude Atacama

Co-chaired by Frances Hayashida, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico; César Parcero-Oubiña, Staff Scientist, Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientí­ficas (Spain); Diego Salazar, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Universidad de Chile; and Andrés Troncoso, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Universidad de Chile

Working within the framework of political ecology, the Topaí­n Archaeological Project is addressing the question of how the Inka kept their workers, personnel, royals, and the military fed since little is currently known about Inka agriculture. This seminar was convened to explore long-term, historical perspectives on changes in local landscapes and livelihoods within broader political economies and complex relationships between water, land, politics, and society.

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National Science FoundationGenerous funding for the Research Team Seminars provided by the National Science Foundation.