Dr. Debi Bolter, MJC Professor and Research Associate, Evolutionary Studies
Institute, South Africa, will present her work on remarkable fossils remains
recently discovered at Rising Star.
The Rising Star fossil remains found in the Cradle of Humankind represent a
collection of multiple individuals who laid
buried 30 meters underground, undisturbed until recreational cavers
accidentally stumbled on the hidden chamber in 2013. Dr. Bolter’s talk
will be an overview of the cave site, the context of the chamber, and a
discussion of the new insights on human evolution that this collection of
over 1500 specimens provides to anthropologists and paleoanthropologists.
Debra Bolter is an Anthropology Professor at Modesto Junior College in
Northern California. Her research on primate life history focuses on early
life stages of development; she approaches the study of immature individuals
through the integration of information from multiple systems: cranial,
dental, skeletal, and from soft tissue like muscle, fat and skin. Her
research on growth and development includes vervet and colobine monkeys, and
apes -- both species of chimpanzees, gibbons, and gorillas. Overview
articles lay out her approach to evolution of growth, development and life
history, implications for interpretation of fossil growth and development
during human evolution, and more recently, interpretations of soft tissue
body composition evolution from australopithecines to Homo. She is a
Research Associate in the Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the
Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where she studies newly excavated hominin
fossil materials from South Africa.