PGHP is of course a course and nothing else. But since we have a constant stream of really cool people coming in and lecturing on it, we can use it for more things. Or rather, these people lecturing, they can do other things while they are here. Katerina Douka from Jena was visiting yesterday to talk about 14C and chronologies at the course. But given her research, the Swedish Museum of Natural History took the opportunity to have her give a LETS seminar focusing on the Neandertal-Denisovan hybridisation, but really telling the story of archaic humans. And you could tell that her seminar was appreciated by the amount of curious questions she was getting at the end of the it.
Similarly, Adrian Lister from the Natural History Museum in London was lecturing on the extinction of the Eurasian megafauna today (there is no-one who could do it better!). But he also took the chance to look through some of the collections at the museum to see if they held something useful for his research. And guided by Thomas Mörs Adrian was able to find material that will facilitate some of the research he is doing in the Mediterranean area. The PGHP course is good because we get good lecturers to participate in it, and since these lecturers normally also are good researchers, we may as well do more with them than listen to their lectures when they are here.
Adrian Lister and Thomas Mörs discussing collections