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What happened in 2020

Meeting: The Bakeng se Afrika Interim Meeting II was hosted by Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) from 11-13 November 2020.

What happened spring 2019

November:
– Workshop: presented by Jean Dumoncel (Univ. Toulouse, France) about geometric morphometric for the students and prospective students of Department of Anatomy and Histology.
– Workshop: presented by Clément Zanolli (Univ. Bordeaux, France) about 3D imaging analysis for the students and prospective students of Department of Anatomy and Histology
– Workshop: presented by Anna Oettlé, Franci Swanepoel and Suvasha Jagesur about the introduction of geometric morphometrics, the software MorhpoJ and the basics in statistic for the student of the Division of Anatomy and Histology of the Stellenbosch University.

October
– Peer reviewed paper: Cazenave M., Braga J., Oettlé A., Pickering T.R., Heaton J.L., Thackeray J.F., de Beer F., Hoffman J., Macchiarelli R. (2019). Cortical bone distribution in the proximal femoral neck of Paranthropus robustus. Journal of Human Evolution 135, 102666.
– Dissemination paper: Cazenave M., Oettlé A., (2019). Micro-XCT scanning of human odonto-skeletal remains of the Human Bone Collection housed at SMU. ASSA Newsletter and/or Plexus.
– Dissemination paper: Cazenave M., Oettlé A., (2019). Training sessions on the basic concepts of imaging softwares at UP and SMU. ASSA Newsletter and/or Plexus.

September
– Scanning: We scanned at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Pelindaba), using a high resolution microCT facility, 13 skulls, 13 maxillas, 13 mandibles, 18 radii, 23 femora and 4 patellae of human skeleton as well as 4 femora and 4 patellae of baboon skeleton.
– Training sessions: at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation on the basic of the VGStudio software for a PhD candidate in dentistry.
– Conference: 9th Annual Meeting of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution (Liège, 19-21/9/2019): Cazenave M., Zanolli C., Dean M.C., Oettlé A., de Beer F., Tawane M., Thackeray F., Macchiarelli R.- The TM 1517 odontoskeletal assemblage from Kromdraai B, South Africa, and the maturational pattern of Paranthropus robustus.
Veneziano A., Cazenave M. – Novel strategies for the morphological analysis of cancellous bone: implications for human evolutionary studies.

What happened winter 2019

August
– Scanning: We scanned at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Pelindaba), using high resolution microCT an entire skeleton from the Pretoria Bone Collection of the University of Pretoria
– Training sessions: at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation on the basic of the VGStudio software for a PhD candidate in dentistry.
– Conference: East African Association of Paleoanthropology and Paleontology, Seventh Biennal Conference (Nairobi, 1-4/8/2019): Cazenave M. – The odontoskeletal maturational pattern of P. robustus compared to the evidence from A. sediba and H. erectus (KNM-WT 15000).

July
– Training sessions: at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation on the basic of the VGStudio software for a PhD candidate in dentistry.

June
– Training sessions on the basics of the imaging software for the Department of Anatomy of the University of Pretoria
– Training sessions on the basics of imaging software for the students and prospective students of the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
– Dissemination paper Matthews S., (2019). ‘Bakeng se Afrika’. In: Micro-computed tomography 3D X-ray imaging. Quest: Science for South Africa.

What happened autumn 2019

May
– Training sessions on the basics of imaging software for the students and prospective students of the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

April
– Training sessions on segmentation using imaging software for students and prospective students of the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
– Training sessions on the basics of the geometric morphometric for students and future students of the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

What happened summer 2019

February
– Research project: Dr M. Cazenave, Prof. A. Oettlé (SMU), F. de Beer (Necsa), C. Zanolli (Bordeaux) are currently constituting an Atlas titled ‘Atlas of human inner skeletal anatomy. i. the adult virtual skeleton’, which aims at presenting views of each human bone based on their high micro-CT-based record including labels indicating specific details and measurements, as in a good book of descriptive anatomy. The purpose of this Atlas is to provide for several research and academic fields a reference for the inner structure of the entire human skeleton, which is, so far, not available in the literature.
– Research project: Mrs T. N. Moroaswi is conducting a Master research project at the Department of Anatomy and Histology titled ‘The relationship between the microstructure of the femoral neck and the gluteal muscle attachments in terrestrial bipedalism versus quadrupedalism’. Under the supervision of Mrs D. Kristen, Prof. J. Welman and Prof. Oettlé.
– Research project: Mrs N. Mdeniso is conducting a Master research project at the Department of Anatomy and Histology entitled ‘The relationship between the microstructure of the patella and the associated muscle attachments in Homo sapiens versus Papio ursinus’. Under the supervision of Prof. Oettlé, Mr. N Xhakaza, Prof. J. Welman.
– Research project: Mrs R. Kobedi is conducting a Master research project at the Department of Anatomy and Histology entitled ‘Possible covariates of pelvic floor thickness in South African females’. Under the supervision of Prof. Oettlé, and S. Jagesur