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Alejandra Ortiz

I am a Ph.D. student in physical anthropology affiliated with the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Department of Anthropology at New York University. My general research interests include paleoanthropology, dental evolution and development, comparative morphology, and bioarchaeology. Much of my graduate work has focused on hominoid dentitions, especially post-canine teeth. My dissertation research uses micro-computed tomography and geometric morphometric techniques to investigate how development influences dental variation and evolvability across the hominoid clade. Specifically, my research aim is to determine how molar cusp development and homology affect phylogenetic reconstructions among members of our lineage and gain a more profound understanding of the process of hominin dental evolution.


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