Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
12:00 - 1:15 pm
Light lunch served.
Banner image from Lee R. Berger, et al, eLife 2015;4:e09560, Sept. 10, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.09560.019
Join us for a discussion with Duke Professor Steven Churchill about the recently announced discovery of a new fossil human relative, Homo naledi, found in a cave near Johannesburg, South Africa. Churchill was a member of the research team that made the discovery, and will talk with us about how the find affects our knowledge of our human ancestors.
Watch Dawn of Humanity, a 2-hour NOVA special documenting the research team's work in South Africa. The special aired on local PBS affiliate WUNC-TV at 9:00 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Read about H. naledi:
- "A New Human Ancestor Arises from the Depth of a South African Cave." Kristina Killgrove, Forbes, Sept. 10, 2015.
- "This Face Changes the Human Story. But How?" Jamie Shreeve, National Geographic, Sept. 10, 2015.
- "Homo naledi is related to me how?" Michael Pearson, CNN.com, Sept. 10, 2015.
- "Why Don't We Know the Age of the New Human Ancestor?" Ed Yong, The Atlantic, Sept. 14, 2015.
- The scientific publication: "Homo naledi: a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa." Lee R. Berger, et al, eLife 2015;4:e09560, Sept. 10, 2015.
Check out what Steven Churchill had to say about H. naledi below!
Duke University Evolutionary Anthropology
Steven Churchill is Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University. He is a human paleontologist studying morphological and behavioral adaptation in archaic and modern humans of the Middle and Late Pleistocene. Through comparative functional-morphological analysis of human fossil remains, coupled with investigation of the ...