Department of Bio-Medical Sciences - Georgia
Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Michael Selby, PhD


Email: michaelsel@pcom.edu
Office: 678-225-7568
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Dr. Selby’s primary teaching responsibility is gross anatomy, both lecture and lab, for first year DO students. He has taught anatomy, both human and comparative vertebrate, to medical, pharmacy, undergraduate, and community college students. He is also involved in teaching and mentoring in the biomedical sciences program.

  • Education

    PhD, Biological Anthropology, Kent State University
    MA, Anthropology, Kent State University
    BS, Anthropology and Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Courses

    DO: Structural Principles of Osteopathic Medicine (SPOM)
    Biomed: Biostatistics and Microanatomy and Embryology (MAE)
  • Research

    Dr. Selby’s research focuses on the evolution of limb morphology. His interests are on the interpreting locomotor behavior from skeletal morphology. In particular, his research investigates the primate forelimb skeleton, to reconstruct the locomotor behaviors of ancestors to modern humans and great apes. He is also interested in the processes of skeletal development, as a way to determine how skeletal features arise, which can aid interpretation of fossil material.

  • Publications

    Selected Publications:

    Selby, M. S., & Lovejoy, C. O. (2017). Evolution of the hominoid scapula and its implications for earliest hominid locomotion. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 162(4), 682-700

    Selby, MS, Simpson, SW, and Lovejoy, CO, 2016. The Functional Anatomy of the Carpometacarpal Complex in Anthropoids and Its Implications for the Evolution of the Hominoid Hand. Anatomical Record299:583-600.

    Selected Presentations:

    Selby, MS. Is Olecranon Length Reflective of Adaptations for Speed or Power in Anthropoids?  American Association of Anatomists, 2016. San Diego, CA

    Selby, MS and Lovejoy, CO. Olecranon and trochlear notch orientation is related to extended limb postures during locomotion. American Association of Physical Anthropology, 2016. Atlanta, GA

    Selby, MS and Lovejoy CO. Hominoid humeral trochlear morphology is unrelated to suspensory locomotion. American Association of Physical Anthropology, 2015. St. Louis, MO

    Selby, MS, Byron, CD. Morphometrics of the elbow relating to fine branch arboreality: Trochlear keel morphology and the proximal ulna. American Association of Physical Anthropology, 2014. Calgary, AB

    Selby, MS, Suwa, G, Simpson, SW, Lovejoy, CO. Ardipithecus ramidus proximal capitate morphology is most consistent with a locomotor ancestry of palmigrade arboreal clambering. American Association of Physical Anthropology, 2013. Knoxville, TN

    Selby, MS, Simpson, SW, and Lovejoy, CO. Angulation of the third carpometacarpal joint appears to reflect vertical climbing in great apes, but not in humans. American Association of Physical Anthropology, 2011. Minneapolis, MN

    Selby, MS and Lovejoy, CO. Scapular spine orientation determines the relative proportions of the supraspinous and infraspinous fossae. American Association of Physical Anthropology, 2010. Albuquerque, NM