Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 257
e-mail: benedict_king@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de
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I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, and a member of the Comparative Oceanic Linguistics (CoOL) team. My main research focus is the construction phylogenetic trees of language relationships using Bayesian methods. From these trees I hope to learn about the origins of language families, how languages spread and the dynamics of language evolution. Through this research I have also become involved in improving tree-building methodology. I come from a background in Evolutionary Biology and Palaeontology.
|2018 – 2020||Postdoctoral Research Associate, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, The Netherlands|
|2014 – 2018||PhD Evolutionary Biology, Flinders University, Australia|
|2010 – 2013||BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK|
King, B., Marone, F., & Rücklin, M. (2021). Tooth development in the Early Devonian sarcopterygian Powichthys and the evolution of the crown osteichthyan dentition. Palaeontology, 64(5), 645-659.
King, B., Reid, L., Walworth, M., Greenhill, S., & Gray, R. D. (2021). Bayesian phylogenetic analysis of Philippine languages supports rapid initial Austronesian expansion followed by northward back-migration. Talk presented at 15th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, Palacky University. online. 2021-06-28 - 2021-07-01.
Rücklin, M., King, B., Cunningham, J. A., Johanson, Z., Marone, F., & Donoghue, P. C. J. (2021). Acanthodian dental development and the origin of gnathostome dentitions. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 5, 919-926.