Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Human Evolution, 2021: The Evolution of Homo:
Discoveriesof the Last 60 years

My name is Charles J. Vella, PhD and I am a neuropsychologist and an amateur human evolution enthusiast. I received my PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley and I worked at Kaiser Hospital, Dept. of Psychiatry for 35 years as Chief Psychologist and Director of the Neuropsychology Service. I am an expert in most brain related psychological topics and do public lectures in this area. 

Since my retirement in 2009, I have been an active docent at the California Academy of Science, specializing in the area of human evolution.

I am not an anthropologist, but I have become an amateur expert in the field of human evolution.  

In the last 10 years, I have read extensively on most of the topics in human evolution,, taken 8 online courses on this topic, and have taught a variety of docent classes in this area at the Academy. 

This course will  attempt to bring you up to date with all the major historical discoveries in human evolution research related to the evolution of Homo up to 2021. 

It will include both the incredible history of discoveries (Peking Man, Neandertal, Denisovans, H. floresiensis, H. naledi); the major researchers (The Leakeys, Don Johanson, Tim White, Lee Berger).

There will be a review all the major types of ancestral hominins in the Homo clade, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo heidelbergensis, etc.

Class 1  and 2 will be a brief review of pre-Homo hominin evolution

Class 3 will be al biographical history of the major historical figures in paleoanthropology, from 1960 to 2021. 

There will be a review of all the species belonging to Homo discovered between 1820 to 2021.

Ongoing Monthly Sessions:

Meeting Schedule: 4th Wednesday of each month, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: During Covid shutdown, by Zoom online meeting: invitation sent out day befor class

Double Click on class topic to download pdf

Human Evolution Bibliography

Glossary of Evolutionary, Anatomical and Paleontological Terms

List of Hominins Table

Continued Human Evolution

Who's Who in Hominid Evolution

Original Hominid Species Type Journal Articles

AAPA Statement on Biological Aspects of Race

Chronology of 87 Hominin Discoveries 

Human Evolution: The Evolution of Homo: Discoveries of the Last 60 years 

Each session pdf will be available after each class 

Review of pre-Homo human evolution

Historical Biographic Review of Paleoanthropology,1950 to present

Homo habilis Lecture

Homo habilis Full Version

Homo erectus Lecture

Homo erectus Full Version

Homo heidelbergensis Lecture

Homo neanderthalensis Part 1

Homo neanderthalensis Part 2: Neandertal Morphology

Homo neanderthalensis Part 2 Audio of Zoom lecture

Homo neanderthalensis Part 3: Neandertal Abilities 

Homo neanderthalensis Part 3: Audio of Zoom lecture

Homo neanderthalensis Part 4: Neandertal Abilities 2 

Homo neanderthalensis Part 4: Audio of Zoom lecture

Homo neanderthalensis Part 5: Neandertal Healthcare and Extinction 

Homo neanderthalensis Part 5: Audio of Zoom lecture

Denisovans, Pt. 1: Studies from 2008 to 2013 

Denisovans, Pt. 2: Studies from 2014 to 2020 

Denisovans, Pt. 2: Video of Zoom lecture 

Homo floresiensis and Homo luzonensis

Homo naledi, Pt. 1

Homo naledi, Pt. 1: Video of Zoom lecture (very large file)

Homo naledi, Pt. 1 and 2

Homo sapiens, Pt. 1

Homo sapiens, Pt. 1: Video of Zoom lecture


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