Prof Christopher Dean
Emeritus Professor of Anatomy
Div of Biosciences
Faculty of Life Sciences
- Joined UCL
- 1st Jan 1985
My principal research aim is to determine where, when and why modern humans evolved an extended ~20 year period of growth and development. To research this problem I have pioneered ways of studying incremental markings in fossil primate tooth tissues. Teeth are abundant in the fossil record and contain incremental markings that allow us to retrieve information about the rates of and direction of cell movement during tooth development. Some of the mechanisms of morphological change during human evolution have been described in this way and it has been possible to determine the timing of key events during the period of growth and development in certain fossil primates. This research theme drives an extensive international interdisciplinary research effort with collaborations that draw on clinical science, comparative anatomy and palaeoanthropology.
Anatomy in the context of clinical medicine and dentistry. Anatomy in the context of human and evolutionary biology. Anatomy in the context of the visual arts and humanities.
- Royal College of Surgeons of England
- Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma in General Dental Practice | 1993
- University of London
- Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1983
- University of Oxford
- Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma in Human Biology | 1977
- University College London
- Doctorate, Bachelor of Dental Surgery | 1975