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[ Event ] Department Seminar: Evolution of Apes in China
Date:05/24/2018

Department Seminar: Evolution of Apes in China

Time: June 13,2018,at 3:00pm-5:00pm

Venue: Lecture Hall 3101, multi-functional building, Chenggong Campus, Yunnan University

Speaker: Terry Harrison, Silver ProfessorNew York University


About Terry Harrison

Prof. Terry Harrison joined New York University in1984 after receiving his Bachelors of Science (1978) and his Doctor of Philosophy (1982) from the Anthropology Department at University College London. Professor Harrison is a biological anthropologist specializing in primate and human paleontology, evolutionary morphology, and paleoecology. He has extensive paleontological fieldwork experience in Europe, East Africa, and Asia, and he is currently co-directing a major field project at the renowned early hominin site of Laetoli in northern Tanzania. Professor Harrison is also working on several collaborative projects on Miocene and Plio-Pleistocene hominoids from China.

As Director of the Center for the Study of Human Origins, Professor Harrison's role is to enhance and facilitate research on all fields of biological anthropology and archaeology that are broadly related to the study of human origins. The aim is to foster and support multidisciplinary investigations, with an emphasis on the development of collaborative projects, fieldwork, and state-of- the-art laboratory research. In addition to research, the Center also aims to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the study of human origins among the academic community and the public at large through conferences, workshops, educational programs, and outreach activities. Among his honors and awards, Professor Harrison has won the Golden Dozen Teaching Award (1989, 1996, 2015), the Distinguished Teaching Award (2002), and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2006)

Research Interests


  1. Primate and human paleontology
  2. Evolutionary morphology
  3. Paleoecology


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