Date(s) - March 23, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
LSC 372, Lory Student Center
Homo naledi and the (Dinaledi & Lesedi) Chambers of Secrets: A New Addition to the Human Family Tree
Homo naledi is a recently announced extinct hominin species discovered in the Dinaledi and Lesedi Chambers of the Rising Star cave system in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. To date, more than 1700 specimens representing at least 18 individuals have been recovered, making it the largest assemblage of a single hominin species yet discovered in Africa. The species is characterized by a stature and body mass similar to small-bodied human populations but with a small, australopith-like brain volume. Homo naledi marks an exciting new discovery, displaying a unique mosaic of australopith-like and Homo-like morphology not previously seen in the hominin fossil record.
About the Speaker
Jill Scott is a biological anthropologist and the Laboratory Coordinator for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is currently finishing her doctoral work on the craniofacial evolution of Middle and Late Pleistocene Homo through The University of Iowa. Jill is also part of the team analyzing and describing Homo naledi, the recently announced hominin species from South Africa. To date, she has coauthored four scholarly publications detailing the skeletal anatomy of Homo naledi, and she is currently conducting research on the hand of Homo naledi with colleagues at the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.