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Relations Between Neanderthals and Early Modern Humans Discussed at CWU Museum

February 6, 2013

Ellensburg, WA — Ever wonder if you have a little Neanderthal in you? Joe Lorenz, a biological anthropologist from Central Washington University’s Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies, will discuss relationships between Neanderthals and anatomically modern Homo sapiens on Thursday.

Lorenz will explore whether Neanderthals and early modern humans interbred during his presentation Love in the Time of the Pleistocene at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 13 at CWU’s Museum of Culture and Environment in Dean Hall. He will explain what is known about the complicated and intimate relations between Neanderthals and early modern humans, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The free event is held in conjunction with CWU’s Darwin Week. Other free Darwin Week events include:

• A presentation by Jennifer Dechaine, Epigenetics: A New Dimension to Understanding Disease, Behavior, and All that Makes You, You, noon Monday in Science, room 147.

• A presentation by David Darda, Oddball Anatomical Structures and the Stories They Tell: The Governor of the Testes, noon Tuesday in Science, room 101.

• Keynote speaker and book signing by Lixing Sun, The Fairness Instinct: The Robin Hood Mentality and Our Biological Nature, 7 p.m. Wednesday in Science, room 147. Darwin’s birthday cake will be served after the talk.

• A presentation by Dominic Klyve, Darwin vs. Mendel: The Historical Grudge Match for the Soul of Biology, noon Thursday in Science, room 147.

For a full list of Darwin Week events go to

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Media contact: Elizabeth Bollwerk, CWU Museum of Culture and Environment, 509-963-2313,

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