Zachary Throckmorton, part of team that identified new hominin species Homo naledi, will return to campus Nov. 19 for a public presentation
The University of Indianapolis will welcome back one of its graduates Nov. 19 to discuss his role in a recent scientific breakthrough: the identification of a previously unknown ancient relative of modern humans.
The announcement in September of a new species of hominin – Homo naledi, whose fossilized remains were found in a South African cave – made headlines around the world. Zachary Throckmorton, who earned his UIndy Master of Science in Human Biology in 2007 and now teaches anatomy at Tennessee’s Lincoln Memorial University, was among the select international group of scientists who were invited to study the specimens and co-author the first published analyses.
Throckmorton’s presentation, “Homo naledi Strides Again,” is scheduled 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in UIndy Hall A of the university’s Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. The University Series event is presented with support from the Blanche E. Penrod Lecture Series and organized by the FOUND and ARCHAIC student organizations for forensics and anthropology.
Admission is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to register in advance at homonaledi.eventbrite.com.
Homo naledi apparently interred the bodies of its dead, a practice once thought exclusive to modern humans, and it was built to walk upright, according to Throckmorton, a specialist in human gait and the development of the lower extremities. Other characteristics, however, are distinctively different from today’s anatomy. Read more