|講 題||Taiwan and the “Two-Layer” Hypothesis: How does Taiwan Fit into the “Two Layers” of Prehistoric Human Dispersal in Eastern Eurasia|
|講 者||Dr. Adam J. Lauer|
|時 間||2023.05.22 (Mon.) 12:30|
|演講簡介||The initial Neolithic on the island of Taiwan represents the earliest known littoral and pelagic resource exploiting groups outside of the East Asian mainland. A biodistance analysis of available skeletal remains of groups from the archaeological cultures thought to have been involved in the introduction of this new lifeway and culture to Taiwan can help to determine biological affinity across the Taiwan Strait at the introduction of Neolithic and identify changes in those relationships through time. These can be used to address the proposed “second” source of modern humans moving into Eastern Eurasia.|
Data was collected on a suite of cranial and dental metrics from five archaeological cultures from both sides of the Taiwan Strait dating to this time period. These data, combined with local, regional, and Asia-Pacific data from the literature, were subjected to local, regional, and inter-regional statistical analyses.
It has been suggested that the earliest anatomically modern human populations in Eastern Eurasia were related closely to ancestral Andaman, Australian, Papuan, and Jomon groups while later populations shared strong cranial affinities with northeast Asian groups. This lecture will discuss biodistance along with regional and inter-regional biodistance relationships in the context of the “second layer” of population expansion and movement moved throughout island and portions of mainland Southeast Asia and eventually further into the Pacific.
Members of the university community and interested friends are welcome to attend. No registration is needed.