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 human adaptations from a dental perspective considering the complex interaction of biology, behavior, and environment.
Currently, my dissertation research involves the use of computed tomographic methods and morphometric analysis of fossil and living hominin premolar tooth root morphology to address inter- and intra-species variability and questions related to taxonomic affiliations. Commonly, tooth roots are well protected within the jaws but are rarely examined; in contrast, routinely analyzed crown portions may be damaged beyond use in some cases, precluding large sample sizes and rendering examination problematic. By using these analytical approaches to root morphology, new information may be gained in the assessment of phylogenic relationships of previously unusable specimens and increase our understanding of the processes at play in our early evolutionary history.
Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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