Dental Paleoanthropology: Sinking our teeth into human evolution
Cosponsored with the Department of Anthropology
March 11, 2013
Academic Building A G008, 5:00 PM
Teeth have long played an important role in interpreting human evolution. In this lecture Dr. Bailey will review the richness and variation within the fossil homin in dental record and demonstrate how dental information can be used to inform on paleoanthropological questions including the diet of our fossil relatives, their cognitive abilities and their role in modern human evolution.
Bailey received her PhD from Arizona State University in 2002, was a post-doctoral fellow at George Washington University until 2004 and Research Scientist for the Max Planck Institute – Leipzig until 2006. She is currently an associate professor at New York University. Bailey’s research focuses on the later stages of human evolution and dental anthropology. She has worked extensively on Neandertals and Upper Paleolithic modern humans from Europe, including the earliest known modern humans from the site of Pestera cu Oase in Romania. She has collected dental morphometric data on nearly every Neandertal and Upper Paleolithic modern human specimen available for study and has built an extensive comparative database of contemporary and fossil human dental morphometrics. She recently published a co-edited volume (with Jean-Jacques Hublin) on Dental Perspectives on Human Evolution with Springer Press. In addition to fossil hominids, she is involved in projects investigating dental variation and systematics of extant hominoids.
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