Who Smells Better, Humans or Other Animals?

Guest speaker: Dr. John McGann (Rutgers U.)

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Hi readers, long time no see! We’ve been slow getting back into the journal club swing of things after our winter break hiatus as we had ANOTHER Center for Human Evolutionary Studies guest speaker. Dr. John McGann (Psychology Department, Rutgers University) came by last Friday to give a lecture on the neuroscience of olfaction (or, put plainly, on how brains, genes, and your nose interact to process smells). It was super cool. Dr. McGann was an engaging speaker – I’d consider the myth that humans don’t smell very well to be thoroughly busted.

As I did for Dr. Bernard Wood’s guest lecture from last semester, I live-tweeted this one as well and have condensed it into a Twitter moment for your enjoyment. Check it out and let me know what you think of the format!

Today in BS&M we’ll be talking about the new modernĀ Homo sapiens fossil material from Israel that suggests some humans left Africa earlier than previously thought. I’ll put a post together on that for y’all later this week.

Next Friday we have another guest speaker, Dr. Alan Rogers from the University of Utah, who will be talking about Neandertal and Denisovan ancient DNA. If you want to follow along with that in real-time (Friday, Feb. 9 at 3:30 pm EST) I’ll be tweeting it from the handle @CHES_Rutgers. Otherwise, expect a recap here!