AABA 2022 – Art, Orality, and Migration: The roles of NF1, mnemonics, and somatic adaptation in the hominin biocultural toolkit

I will be presenting our research in a poster session at the in-person portion of the conference in Denver and also as a virtual podium presentation in the online portion of the conference. The presentation video, poster, references, and my favorite conference highlights will be added to this post.


Will be on display as Poster #54 on Thursday, March 24th 8:00-6:30 in the “Genetics & Genomics: Evolution and Populations” #AABA2022 poster session in the Plaza Foyer, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.

Presentation Video

Will be presented and discussed in the “Genetics & Genomics: Adaptation and Complex Traits” #AABA2022 online session on Tuesday, March 29th from 5:00-6:00 pm MDT.


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