Workshop : Can we appreciate the time of human evolution?
Researcher at the CNRS and at the National Museum of Natural History, Antoine Balzeau works at the Musée de l'Homme. He devotes most of his research to the study of the morphological transformations of humanity and other primates since a few million years. Specialist of the skull of prehistoric men, he studies all that is hidden inside thanks to 3D imagery, including the shape of the brain. He is also adjunct Director of the UMS 2700 2AD hosted at the MNHN, and scientific collaborator at the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium. He published in 2019 with Pierre Bailly the volume 27 of La petite Bédéthèque des Savoirs entitled Homo sapiens, History(s) of our humanity.
A little more than 7 million years and almost thirty human species, here is a great diversity for a small time scale. To study all this, the paleoanthropologist has some fossils scattered throughout the world and time. Thus, when it comes to discussing the extension, spread, succession of human species, how much of what researchers say comes from the interpretation of scientific data and which is based on assumptions? The image we have of human evolution mixes science and imagination.