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.
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.
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
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:
Evolution: The Evolution of Homo:
Discoveries of the Last 60 years
Each session pdf will be
available after each class