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Hillson Simon

Contact Details

Simon Hillson

Professor of Bioarchaeology

UCL Institute of Archaeology

  • Tel: 020 7679 4784
  • Ext: 24784
  • simon.hillson@ucl.ac.uk
  • Room 312, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY, UK

Human Evolution Interest


Simon Hillson’s main interest is in the biology of humans and other mammals in the past. Bones make up the majority of archaeological evidence for this, but he has focused particularly on teeth, because they are tough and survive well, and because they yield a much greater amount of information. They can be identified to species, matched up with other teeth from different individuals (when the remains are broken and scattered), identified as male or female, used to estimate age-at-death, examined under the microscope to give a detailed chronology of development in childhood (even in adults), used to reconstruct behaviour and diet from the pattern of wear and disease, and used to follow the path of evolution and migration through tiny differences in size and shape. For a given research effort, teeth therefore yield a very large amount of information.

Human Evolution Research Themes

adaptation evolutionary_anatomy early_hominin dental neanderthal
neolithic        

Collaborative projects & Networks

The Archaeology of Human Evolution Function and form of teeth in human evolution Archaeology of growth and development in children Diet and dental disease  

Research Publications


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