I am a doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology affiliated with the University of Leipzig. My interests broadly include understanding and reconstructing hominin adaptations from a dental perspective considering the complex interaction of biology, behavior, and environment.
My dissertation research involves the use of computed tomographic imagine methods and morphometric analysis of living non-human ape, Australopithecus africanus and Paranthropus robustus premolar tooth root morphology to address inter- and intra-species variability and questions related to taxonomic affiliations and developmental differences. Commonly, tooth roots are well protected within the jaws but are rarely examined; in contrast, routinely analyzed crown portions may be damaged beyond use, precluding large sample sizes and rendering examination problematic. By focusing on root morphology, new characters can be gained for understanding the phylogenic relationships in the hominoid clade.
Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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