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New Frontiers Seminar - Dr. Owen Lovejoy

Location:  AA160

Please join us for the next New Frontiers Seminar Series talk which will be given by Dr. C. Owen Lovejoy, Department of Anthropology, Kent State University.

His talk is entitled “A New Kind of Ancestor: A Step Backward in Understanding the Origins of Upright Walking”.

 

C. Owen Lovejoy is University Professor of Biological Anthropology at Kent State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts and conducted postdoctoral studies in orthopaedic biomechanics at Case Western Reserve University. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2007 where is currently chair-elect of Section H (anthropology) and is a member of the PNAS editorial board. He has been recognized as “most highly cited” by the ISI and is also currently an adjunct professor in orthopaedics at the University of Pittsburgh where he is studying the comparative anatomy of the anterior cruciate ligament.

 

Abstract:

Although a host of anatomical and behavioral differences now distinguish humans from out nearest relatives, the great apes, our fossil record establishes that two cardinal characters, the elimination of canine dimorphism and the adoption of upright walking were primary to human origins. The newest addition to our knowledge of human natural history is Ardipithecus ramidus. The anatomy of this taxon requires substantial revision of earliest human evolution.

 

A light lunch will be provided.

 

The New Frontier Seminar Series is hosted by the Graduate Students' Association at Scarborough (GSAS) and sponsored by the Office of the Vice-Principal Research. The series showcases cutting edge research from the University of Toronto Scarborough, while highlighting new discoveries from leading researchers in North America.

 

 




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