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Jesse Young, Ph.D.

NEOMED Researchers Published in Journal of Human Evolution

The work of Jesse Young, Ph.D. (pictured above), and Tobin Hieronymus, Ph.D., along with a group of additional researchers, is highlighted In a recent article published in the Journal of Human Evolution.

Dr. Young and Dr. Hieronymus, both faculty in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, worked alongside Doug Boyer, Ph.D., of Duke University, to study relationships between the shape of ankle bones and the locomotor behavior of nine different monkey species at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Ecuador.

Speaking of the study, Dr. Young notes that, “Understanding how skeletal anatomy correlates with locomotion in living primates informs reconstructions of locomotor behavior in fossil primates, providing insight into primate evolution.”

According to the journal, “This study highlights the importance of empirical data on substrate use in living primates for inferring functional and evolutionary implications of morphological variation.”

Learn more about Dr. Young and Dr. Hieronymus’ work.