Bettis lecture to close fall Explorers Seminar series

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will conclude its fall Explorers Seminar series with “Walking to the Far Side of the World: The First Humans in Southeast Asia,” a lecture by Arthur Bettis, associate professor in the UI Department of Geoscience.

The free public lecture will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15, in the museum’s Biosphere Discovery Hub. Refreshments will be available afterward.

Several field expeditions over the past 10 years by a University of Iowa-led team have uncovered new information that provides insights into the lives of early humans. Bettis will outline these findings, and discuss how new information on relationships between early humans and their environment informs us about human evolution.

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