Speaker to share information on new proto-human discovery

Zachary Throckmorton, assistant professor of anatomy at Lincoln Memorial University, will speak Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 12:20 p.m. on the WCU campus in Room 121 of the McKee Building on the topic “Homo Naledi Strides Again: Deliberate Disposal of a Dated Dichotomy.”

Zachary Throckmorton

Zachary Throckmorton

He also will share a presentation titled “Hello, Homo Naledi!” that evening at 7 p.m. in a gathering room at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

The presentation about the extinct primate species Homo naledi, discovered in 2013, is sponsored by the Department of Biology and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Western Carolina University.

Throckmorton, who is also Rising Star Associate at the University of Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute in South Africa, is a researcher in homonin foot and ankle evolution with an interest in anatomical variation and evolution.

For more information about the presentations, contact Peter Nieckarz at 227-3837 or Nicholas Passalacqua at 227-2306.