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Drapeau, Michelle

Associate Professor


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Drapeau, Michelle


I am interested in understanding the hominization process, and more specifically how the first hominins developed bipedalism. Although it is generally accepted that they were bipeds, there is still some debate over the degree to which arboreal locomotion was retained. I focus on morphofunctional analyses of the skeleton and fossils and comparative hominoid anatomy studies. I am also looking to better understand how the skeleton adapts to variations in loads (e.g. muscular contractions, differences between running and walking). I am interested in macroscopic (i.e. how the overall shape of the bone changes) and microscopic (i.e. intensity and location of bone remodelling) adaptations and how they interact.

Since 2006, I have been directing fieldwork in southern Ethiopia, in the lower Omo River Valley. The project is aimed at studying the Mursi Formation, a more than 4 million year old paleontological site.

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