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IL: Dr. Green to Share Details about Groundbreaking Discovery with Calumet Roundtable

November 09, 2015

by Office of Communications

David J. Green, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Midwestern University, Downers Grove, will talk about his role in a groundbreaking discovery of a new species Homo naledi, a human relative, as part of a Calumet Roundtable cable television broadcast.

The new species sheds light on the origins and diversity of our genus and appears to have intentionally deposited bodies of its dead in a remote cave, a behavior previously thought limited to humans. Dr. Green was part of the team of researchers who traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to work on the project. He analyzed the fossil scapula (shoulder blade) discovered at the site.

The Calumet Roundtable is a television program produced by students and faculty within the Communication and Creative Arts Department at Purdue University Calumet. The program reaches viewers in the Chicago metropolitan area and the greater part of Northwest Indiana. The 30-minute weekly television program presents interviews with academic figures and focuses on issues in communication and media, politics, and scholarly research.  

Dr. Green's show will air Nov. 26 at 5:30 a.m. and Dec. 3 at 5 a.m. on ION Television network on Comcast channel 18 and Dish Network/DirecTV channel 38 for local viewers. The broadcast is also available on You Tube at

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