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Thomas Davies

Doctoral Student

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

Phone number: 0049 (0) 341 3550 768
Email: Thomas_davies@~@eva.mpg.de

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

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.

Curriculum Vitae


2017-Present PhD candidate in Palaeoanthropology
Leipzig school of human origins
Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
2016-2017 MSc-R Biological Anthropology
University of Kent
Thesis: “Enamel-dentine junction morphology in hominin mandibular third premolars”
2011-2015 MSci Zoology
University College London
Final year thesis: “Completeness of the placental mammal fossil record and the end-Cretaceous mass extinction”

Field Experience

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

Meeting Abstracts

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.