Ear evolution in fossil mammals
The inner ear is a highly complex organ that evolved over aeons. Hearing is just one of the functions aside of providing balance. Even juveniles obtain a fully developed ear region often even before birth. Luckily, the ear region can be used to obtain insights into taxonomy/phylogeny as it is often preserved in lithified records. Thus, it is a perfect remnant to study fossils and extant mammals including humans and their ancestors like Neandertals to gain more understanding on their evolution. In this webinar Dr. Stoessel from the Max-Plank-Institute for human history, Jena, Germany will present the use of micro- and nano-CT to make distinctions between wolves, dogs and fossil canids. Furthermore, micro- and nano-CT derived results allow differentiation of modern humans from Neandertals as well as insights about Neandertal´s hearing and vocal communication.
- The use of MicroCT and NanoCT in fossil ear region examination
- Differentiation of Neandertals from modern humans
- Separation of wolves from dogs
Who might be interested?
You are interested in the evolution of humankind from “Lucy” via Neandertals towards modern humans or dogs, wolves and fossil canids and like to learn more about the use of micro- and nano-CT to gain insights into it? You like to learn more about the ear and its functions? You are more than welcome to join our exciting webinar!