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What lies beneath? How microtomography is providing new insights into systematics and functional morphology in the human fossil record

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Palaeoanthropologists rely on the human fossil record to reconstruct our evolutionary past. Given their scarcity it is important that we extract as much information as possible from the fossils that we have. Dr. Skinner has spent the last 10 years using microtomography to access internal structures of bones and teeth to address taxonomic, developmental and functional questions in human evolution. In this presentation he presents some of his recent findings including the use of internal tooth shape to support the taxonomic status of the newest hominin species, Homo naledi, from South Africa and how internal structures of bones can be used to reconstruct behaviour in extant apes and fossil hominins.

This talk is part of the Biological Anthropology Seminar Series series.

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