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Dr. Zach Throckmorton of Lincoln Memorial University to lecture on Homo naledi Nov. 9 in I.G. Greer Auditorium at Appalachian State University

By University Communications

BOONE—Dr. Zach Throckmorton will deliver a lecture titled “Meet Homo naledi” at 5 p.m. Nov. 9 in I.G. Greer Auditorium at Appalachian State University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

View larger imageDr. Zach Throckmorton will deliver a lecture titled “Meet Homo naledi” at 5 p.m. Nov. 9 in I.G. Greer Auditorium at Appalachian State University. Photo by William Harcourt-Smith

Throckmorton is an assistant professor of anatomy at Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. His website says he is also a paleoanthropologist who studies human anatomical evolution. He wrote one of the first papers on Homo naledi.

The remains of Homo naledi were first discovered and recovered in 2013, deep within a cave in South Africa and all by themselves. Homo naledi is the most recently found extinct member of Homo, our own genus.

Characterized by an unprecedented combination of anatomical features, Homo naledi appears to have been well-adapted to both walking on the ground and climbing. It had a relatively small brain and its hands were well-adapted to making tools.

In his lecture, Throckmorton will illuminate how researchers are studying Homo naledi, their functional anatomy, and the hypotheses about their lives and deaths.

Throckmorton’s lecture is sponsored by four departments within Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences: Anthropology, Biology, Geology and Geography and Planning.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 16 academic departments spanning the humanities, social sciences, and the mathematical and natural sciences. The college is dedicated to providing instruction and research essential to the university’s mission and seeks to cultivate the habits of inquiry, learning and service among all its constituents. There are more than 430 faculty members and approximately 5,700 student majors. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing Appalachian’s general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.