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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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October 14th 2015:New Hominins on the Block: The Rising Star Cave

Some researchers achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them...and some find it spelunking in the bowels of a cave in South Africa. The news exploded in September and it was out of this world (more accurately beneath it). Currently, more than 1,550 fossil elements have been recovered from the Rising Star cave and many more are expected to be unearthed. Rising Star has yielded the largest sample for any hominin species in a single African site to date. Not only is the find huge, the hominin fossils were unique enough to be classified as a new species: Homo naledi (“naledi” mean

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Dr. Scott A Williams

I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at NYU and I study human evolution through the fossil record. Specifically, I am interested in the evolution of the post-cranium, the body below the skull, and its adaptation to moving around the environment. In human evolution, this largely concerns the evolution of bipedal locomotion and its evolutionary background. I received my PhD from the University of Illinois and I have worked analyses on the famous fossil "Lucy" and on discoveries and analyses of two new species, Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi.
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