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My Favorite Lecture by Mark Fraiser

November 6, 2011

"My Favorite Lecture" series offers students the opportunity to learn from some of the University's most distinguished professors.

Fraiser will discuss recent fossil evidence that supports earlier dating of bipedal locomotion in Hominids.Wednesday, November 9
4:15-5 p.m.
TILT Building
Room 221

As an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Mark Fraiser:

  • Is the primary developer of the human gross anatomy program at Colorado State University;
  • Has been teaching and coordinating undergraduate and graduate courses in gross human anatomy and advanced human dissection for over twenty-six years.

Upright walking and big brains

In Mark Fraiser's lecture," Upright walking, derrieres, and big brains," he'll discuss how recent fossil evidence indicates early Hominids were bipedal locomotors -- with a relatively small brain about one half the size of modern humans.

Could it be that bipedal locomotion was the driving force behind future evolutionary events including cerebral enlargement?

The evolution of the bipedal Hominid

In this lecture we'll explore:

  • The fossil evidence for bipedal locomotion
  • Anatomical features in bones and muscles that allow bipedal locomotion
  • The development of the neocortex

Feature image accompanying this story by Professor Don Johanson, Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University.

Contact: Christie Yeadon
Phone: (970) 491-2519