06.11.2013 - Africa Department

Scientific meeting on the discovery of Toumaï and the update of the General History of Africa

The discovery of Toumaï, oldest hominid to date - from about 7 million years ago -, and the circumstances and implications of this finding will be discussed at a two-day meeting, in Room XIII, from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m. at UNESCO Bonvin.

The meeting will be opened by Professor Taisso Mackaye, former Minister of the Republic of Chad. Among the themes covered during the day, most will regard the origins of Men, and scientific research. Yves Coppens, Honorary Professor at the College de France, will share a background chronology of scientific research on the origins of humanity. Michel Brunet, Professor at the College de France, Chair of human palaeontology and director of the palaeoanthropologic mission which led to the discovery of Toumaï, will discuss the discovery itself and its implications for research and scientific thought.

The discovery of Toumaï will also be discussed in the context of updating the General History of Africa. During these days, the Chief of the History and Memory for Dialogue Section at UNESCO, Ali Moussa Iye, will introduce the General History of Africa project and present its ninth Volume.

Participants will complete this scientific meeting by the definition of guidelines and modalities for the organization of the international conference on human origins in 2014 in the Republic of Chad.

This scientific meeting will precede an exceptional ceremony at UNESCO which will take place on Monday 11 November, during the 37th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, where His Excellency Mr. Idriss Deby, President of the Republic of Chad, will offer the mould of the skull of Toumaï to UNESCO.  




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