MicroCT slice of Australopithecus sediba lower back with 3D model of thoracic vertebra. (Courtesy of Dr. Thierra Nalley)

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Assistant Professor Thierra Nalley, PhD, was part of an international team of researchers describing the partial skeleton of the fossil human relative Australopithecus sediba. The results were published in a special issue of the open-access journal PaleoAnthropology Jan. 17, 2019. Dr. Nalley contributed to the project by building 3D models of the lower thoracic spine from microCT scans of the fossils to allow new analyses while protecting the original specimens.

Click here to read the publication: http://www.paleoanthro.org/journal/volumes/2018/

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Virtual preparation of Australpithecus sediba lower spine (Courtesy of Dr. Thierra Nalley)