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PhD, Biological Anthropology
University of Zürich, Switzerland, 2001
Senior Lecturer in Primate and Human Evolution
Co-Editor in Chief, Folia Primatologica
My main interests are in the adaptive origin of primate radiations, evolutionary anatomy and palaeoecology.
A central aim of my research is to reconstruct the evolutionary history of primates by investigating the major issues relating to the adaptive nature of primate radiations: the identification of key features, the sequence of acquisition of those features and the timing of the major divergence events (the divergence of primates from other mammals and the main divergences within the primate order).
The investigation and interpretation of evolutionary processes requires knowledge of the environmental conditions under which they operated. An equally important aim of my research is therefore concerned with the refinement of current methods to assess and control for taphonomic bias (the bias introduced through the processes of differential burial, fossilisation and recovery rates of individual organisms) prior to palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. My main approach concentrates on the interpretation of entire assemblages of fossil mammals. Palaeoenvironments are assessed through multivariate analyses using an extensive comparative database of modern faunas.
Schematic representation of the main divergence events in primate evolution.
I contribute to the core course teaching of the MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology, the methods course teaching in the MSc in Human Evolution and Behaviour, the first year undergraduate methods course ANTH1013 - Methods and Techniques in Biological Anthropology, and the second year crossdisciplinary module ANTH2008 - Being Human.
I also organise and run an advanced undergraduate module and a postgraduate module.
- ANTH3052/ANTHM052 - Primate Evolution and Environments
- ANTHGH17/ARCLG211 – Primate Evolution
ANTH3052 students searching for fossils on the Isle of Sheppey.
- Head of Department - Anthropology
- Programme Chair - Human Sciences
- Curator - Biological Anthropology Collection
Michael Hanks - A model for human evolution in Europe (with María Martinon-Torres; current)
Aalaa Al-Shamahi - A comprehensive exploration of evolutionary rate in the hominin lineage (current)
Anas Yahaya - Correlates of facial asymmetry and facial sexual dimorphism in the Hausa of Nigeria (Awarded 2016)
Gemma Price - Environmental, ecological and phylogenetic correlates of cranial shape variation in strepsirrhine primates (Awarded 2016)
Katharine Balolia - Sexual dimorphism, growth and development beyond dental maturity in the cranium of extant hominoid primates (Awarded 2015)
Anna Barros - Ontogeny of the shoulder girdle in hominoid primates (Awarded 2014)
Alexander Bjarnason - Phylogenetic signals and adaptive diversification in the skull of New World monkeys (Awarded 2012)
Anneke van Heteren - Masticatory adaptations of extant and extinct Ursidae: an assessment using three-dimensional geometric morphometrics (Roehampton University, Awarded 2012)
Eric Lewitus - Placental morphology and the cellular brain in mammalian evolution (Awarded 2011)
William Parr – Evolution of locomotor adaptations in the astragalus of hominoid primates (Awarded 2009)