A CARTA Public Symposium entitled “The Upright Ape:  Bipedalism and Human Origins”  will be held Friday, December 16, 2011, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Robinson Auditorium, IR/PS Campus of UC San Diego.  Below is the list of speakers and their talk titles.  Please share the information and the attached poster with your students and colleagues.

For more information, or If you wish to register for this free symposium, please visit http://carta.anthropogeny.org/events/bipedalism-and-human-origins.


Symposium Chairs:
Steven Churchill, Duke University
Chris Ruff, Johns Hopkins University

Steven Churchill, Duke University, “Pelvic architecture of Australopithecus sediba and genus Homo”
Jeremy DeSilva, Boston University, “Foot and ankle diversity in Australopithecus”
Matt Tocheri, Smithsonian University, “Insights into hominin bipedalism from gorilla anatomy”
Brian Richmond, George Washington University, “Pleistocene footprints and the evolution of human bipedalism”
Carol Ward, University of Missouri, “Early hominin body form”
Chris Ruff, Johns Hopkins University, “Limb strength proportions and locomotion in early hominins”
Dan Lieberman, Harvard University, “The evolution and relevance of human running”
Leslie Aiello, Wenner-Gren Foundation, “Bipedalism and the evolution of the genus Homo
Matt Cartmill, Boston Univeristy, “Body fat and bipedality”

Sponsored by the G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation and Annette C. Merle-Smith
The UCSD-Salk Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (“CARTA”)
Ajit Varki, UCSD, Co-Director
Fred Gage, Salk Institute, Co-Director
Margaret Schoeninger, UCSD, Co-Director
Pascal Gagneux, UCSD, Associate Director