THE EVOLUTION OF HOMININ BIPEDALISM
Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History, New York City
Sunday, March 18, 2018 2:00 P.M. Room 319
American Museum of Natural History New York City
Modern humans are unique among primates in that we regularly walk upright. This specific behavior is considered a diagnostic character of our lineage and we find evidence of walking upright in the fossil record using several distinctive skeletal markers. Researchers have put forth many hypotheses as to why this behavior evolved, but there are still many unanswered questions. For example, several hominin species show morphology indicative of walking on two feet as well as traits that suggest the capacity to spend time in the trees. New techniques and approaches are needed to better understand this mosaic morphology and its role in hominin locomotion. Anna’s research focuses on the intersection of this mosaic morphology and locomotor development. By focusing on the internal structure of bone, she will discuss how we might be able to learn more about hominin locomotion in the context of growth and development.
N.Y.P.S. MEETING DATES FOR THE YEAR
These are the meeting dates of the New York Paleontological Society for the 2017-2018 season. We meet at 2:00 P.M. in room 319 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (79th Street and Central Park West), unless otherwise specified. Our Annual Party will be held at the NYU Tandon (Polytechnic) School of Engineering in Brooklyn, N.Y. Due to changes in the museum’s schedule, the above dates may change (usually very unlikely), so check your Newsletter or the monthly meeting notice on this website.