Coffee & Viz - The Curious Case of Homo naledi: How 3D Visualization Technologies Facilitated the Discovery and Analysis of a New and Enigmatic Addition to the Human Family Tree


This event already happened.
Friday, April 12, 2019
9:30am to 10:30am

Add to Calendar 2019-04-12 09:30:00 2019-04-12 09:30:00 Teaching and Visualization Lab at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library


Event Description

Join Dr. Christopher Walker as he discusses the impact of 3D visualization technologies on the discovery, anatomical analysis, and public dissemination of the largest hominin (the group including humans and our extinct relatives) fossil assemblage ever found on the African continent. Dr. Walker, an Assistant Professor of Anatomy at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, was a member of the first team of scientists to examine the fossils and designate a new species: Homo naledi. His research on the fossils has employed 3D surface scans, micro-CT scans, and high resolution 2D images to establish site demography, reconstruct gait, evaluate body proportions, and assess growth and development in the species.

Contact Information

Shelby Hallman

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.


If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.