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Department of Human Evolution

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 350
fax: +49 (0341) 3550 - 399

e-mail: streiber@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de


Stephanie Melillo

Post-Doctoral Researcher

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

phone: 0049 (0) 341 3550 865
fax: 0049 (0) 341 3550 399
e-mail: stephanie_melillo@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests

Stephanie Melillo is a paleoanthropologist interested in the evolution and adaptation of fossil hominins. One focus of Stephanie’s research is the evolution of the shoulder girdle. She is particularly interested in understanding shoulder structure and function in early hominins like Australopithecus afarensis, and in addressing questions about when the unique structure of the modern human shoulder first appeared. Stephanie conducted the comparative description of the scapula and clavicle from the Au. afarensis partial skeleton nicknamed “Kadanuumuu”. She is combining geometric morphometric methods to improve reconstruction of the shoulder skeleton with musculoskeletal modeling to better understand functional capabilities.

 

Stephanie has been a member of the Woranso-Mille Paleontological Research Project (Afar region, Ethiopia) since 2006 and co-PI with Yohannes Haile-Selassie since 2019. Stephanie is involved in studying the hominin craniodental fossils from Woranso-Mille, including the recent announcement of the first cranium known for the species Australopithecus anamensis.