February meeting of the Paleontological Society of Washington

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The Paleontological Society of Washington

7:00 pm, Wednesday, February 21

National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Ave. entrance

Tracing Human Origins, Migration, and Settlement using Modern and Ancient DNA

Dr. Miguel G. Vilar

Senior Program Officer and Lead Scientist for National Geographic’s Genographic Project

The availability of DNA technology has given anthropologists a new way to test hypotheses and push the boundaries of our understanding of where we came from and how we populated the globe. Since 2005, National Geographic’s Genographic project has been in the forefront in the field of Archaeogenetics, bringing together anthropologists, archaeologists, DNA specialists, bioinformaticians, and citizens around the globe in a quest to erase boundaries, and better understand our shared common heritage. Come learn how DNA changed our understanding of human evolution, human diversity, and human history.

Non-Smithsonian visitors will be escorted from the Constitution Ave. entrance of the NMNH to the Q?rius auditorium at 6:50 and 6:55 p.m. Society members will host the speaker for dinner at the Elephant & Castle (1201 Pennsylvania Ave.) prior to the meeting. Members may meet at the restaurant or inside the Constitution Ave. entrance of the NMNH at 5:00 and walk to the restaurant as a group. Parking is available in the west side parking lot of the NMNH.

http://nmnh.typepad.com/paleontological_society.