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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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July 24th 2013:“Doing the Locomotion”: Human Evolution and the Transition to Bipedalism (Walking)

Perhaps no sub-field in Anthropology has witnessed more dramatic advances that the study of human origins. From the astounding discoveries in the area of mitochondrial DNA to the accelerated pace of hominid finds, the interpretive potential of the hominid fossil record is expanding exponentially. Researchers continue to revise the chronology and complexity of the human origins puzzle. We can track our ancestry to such early forms as the 2 million year old Australopithecus sediba, which is not quite human, yet shares some significant characteristics. This key fossil has drawn the attention of

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Jeremy DeSilva

Jeremy DeSilva is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. He is a functional morphologist, specializing in the locomotion of early apes (hominoids) and human ancestors (hominins). He has a particular expertise in the foot and ankle and has worked most recently on the amazing ~2 million year-old skeletons of the South African hominin Australopithecus sediba. He has studied fossils in museums throughout East and South Africa. Additionally, he has studied locomotion in wild chimpanzees in Western Uganda, and currently oversees a research project studying the range of variation in modern human walking. Before entering academia, Jeremy worked as an educator at the Boston Muse
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