Anthropologist McNulty to lecture on morphometrics at UVa-Wise on Nov. 19

Anthropologist Kieran McNulty, associate professor at the University of Minnesota, will discuss advances in three dimensional modeling and geometric morphometrics and how they are applied in human evolutionary research on Nov. 19 at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

In the talk, set for 1 p.m. in the Science Center lecture hall, McNulty will discuss how the techniques take advantage of high-resolution digital technology to incorporate complex anatomical detail into rigorous statistical analyses. The techniques provide a mechanism for visualizing results in a comprehensive, but interpretable format.

Using examples from his research, McNulty will discuss the use of morphometric methods to study growth and development in fossil human species, the evolutionary affinities of the hotly debated fossil “hobbits” and the genetic architecture of craniofacial variation in modern humans.

McNulty, also a McKnight Land-Grant professor at the University of Minnesota, will explore how 7 million years of human biological, cultural and behavioral evolution is recorded in the rare, fragmented bones that make up the human fossil record. The shape of a bone tells much about a specimen’s relationship to other fossil hominins.

The lecture is free and open to the public. UVa-Wise students receive cultural credit for attending.

For more information, call the Office of College Relations at 276-376-1027.