MU Hosts Corps of Discovery Lecture

6 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Monday, August 29 2011 Aug 29, 2011 Monday, August 29, 2011 10:30:00 AM CDT August 29, 2011 in News
By: University of Missouri

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri will host its eighth annual 21st Century Corps of Discovery Lecture Tuesday, September 6 at 3:30 p.m. The lecture will feature Carol V. Ward, an integrative anatomy professor at MU. Since 2004, MU has hosted discovery lectures featuring some of the most innovative minds of this century to commemorate the contributions of the Lewis and Clark expedition and unite the MU community at the beginning of each academic year.

Ward will discuss how a sudden burst in fossil discoveries has provided a better understanding of humans' evolutionary past. Her research focuses on the evolution of humans, apes and monkeys using fossils from East and South Africa. Recently, Ward has studied a 3.2 million-year-old foot bone from a species known as "Lucy," which led to the discovery of the origin of the arch in foot bones today.

The lecture will take place at Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union South on the MU Campus. An ice cream social will follow the lecture.

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