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C. Owen Lovejoy
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News Release

Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-3635

Sept. 25, 2007

Renowned anthropologist who worked on ‘Lucy’
will deliver Oct. 9 public lecture at NIU

DeKalb, Ill. — C. Owen Lovejoy, a professor at Kent State University and a preeminent biological anthropologist who worked on Lucy, the world’s most famous fossilized human ancestor, will visit NIU to deliver a public lecture at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Room 201 of Faraday West.

Lovejoy’s lecture is titled “The Chimpanzee Has No Clothes: A Deeper Look at Human Origins.” It will focus on recent developments in the human fossil record showing that humans emerged on a distinctly separate path from our nearest relatives, the great apes.

Lovejoy has dedicated his career to the paleo-demography and human origins modeling, including the theory that upright walking was closely tied to monogamous mating in early hominids. One of his most recognized achievements is the reconstruction of the skeleton of “Lucy,” a fossil of a human ancestor that walked upright more than 3 million years ago.

“Professor Lovejoy is a newly elected member to the National Academy of Sciences, the most prestigious scientific body in the country, and he is the leading expert in the world on the evolution of human bipedalism,” said Dan Gebo, a Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology at NIU.

“His work on human skeletal remains, as well as on fossil humans such as Lucy, has made him a world-renowned scientist,” Gebo added. “Professor Lovejoy also is an engaging speaker and his lecture title hints at his unique perspective concerning human evolution.”

The event is sponsored by the Graduate School and Department of Anthropology.