I am a PhD student in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. I am interested in dental morphology in fossil hominins, and in particular, the earliest members of the genus Homo.
Teeth are frequently preserved in fossil deposits due to their high level of mineralisation. They also hold a wealth of information about diet, ecology, taxonomy and much more. I use micro-computed tomography to investigate the internal dental structures in an attempt to maximise the amount of information we can gain from fossil teeth.
For my Master’s project at the University of Kent, I worked on the premolar morphology of fossil hominins, aiming to characterise the patterns of variation we see in these highly variable teeth, and link this to important environmental changes across the course of human evolution. My PhD expands on this work to examine internal tooth structures across the dental arcade in Plio-Pleistocene hominins with the goal of addressing outstanding issues in hominin taxonomy, dietary functional morphology and tooth developmental processes.
PhD candidate in Palaeoanthropology Leipzig school of human origins Department of Human Evolution Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
MSc-R Biological Anthropology University of Kent Thesis: “Enamel-dentine junction morphology in hominin mandibular third premolars”
MSci Zoology University College London Final year thesis: “Completeness of the placental mammal fossil record and the end-Cretaceous mass extinction”
Post Release Monitoring Assistant; Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, Indonesia
Park volunteer, Kasanka National Park and Kananka baboon project, Zambia
Davies, T.W, Delezene, L.K, Gunz, P., Hublin, J.J, and Skinner, M.M., 2017. Enamel-dentine junction morphology of hominin mandibular third premolars. Poster presented at the 17th International Symposium on Dental Morphology, Bordeaux, France
Davies, T.W, Delezene, L.K, Gunz, P., Hublin, J.J, and Skinner, M.M., 2018. Non-metric traits at the enamel-dentine junction of hominoid mandibular third premolars. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 165(S66), 61
Davies, T.W., Bell, M.A., Goswami, A., and Halliday, T.J., 2017. Completeness of the eutherian mammal fossil record and implications for reconstructing mammal evolution through the Cretaceous/Paleogene mass extinction. Paleobiology 43, 521-536.
Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology