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Stephanie Melillo is a paleoanthropologist interested in the evolution and adaptation of fossil hominins, living humans, and other vertebrates. She uses morphometric and phylogenetic methods to address questions about the evolutionary history and functional morphology of the hominin skeleton. Her anatomical concentration is the shoulder girdle. Stephanie described the scapula and clavicle of the Australopithecus afarensis partial skeleton nicknamed “Kadanuumuu”. She is currently studying variation in the structure of the shoulder girdle in living humans and non-human apes, with the goal of establishing a more reliable method to reconstruct the shoulder from fossil remains. Stephanie has been a member of the Woranso-Mille Paleontological Research Project (Afar region, Ethiopia) since 2006 and has also participated in field research in Djibouti and at the sites of Gona and Weyto in Ethiopia.





Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

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