UCL Excellence Fellow
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Human Evolution Interest
My main interests are in the in the evolution of traits that make humans phenotypically so different from nonhuman primates in spite of their close genetic similarity. My research includes fossil hominins and living primates, and it focuses on craniodental and brain variation in these groups. My research approach combines medical imaging techniques, classic and geometric morphometrics, quantitative genetics and phylogenetic comparative methods to describe anatomical variation within species and long-term patterns of evolution across lineages. My past research has used dental variation to assess the evolutionary relationships of fossil hominins. My most recent work evaluates the role of developmental plasticity on the evolution of the human brain, addressing its evolutionary trends, selective advantages and evolutionary costs.
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