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Benedict King

Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 257
e-mail: benedict_king@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

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Curriculum Vitae

About me

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.

Curriculum Vitae

2018 – 2020Postdoctoral Research Associate, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, The Netherlands
2014 – 2018PhD Evolutionary Biology, Flinders University, Australia
2010 – 2013BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK



Heggarty, P., Anderson, C., Scarborough, M., King, B., Bouckaert, R., Jocz, L., Kümmel, M. J., Jügel, T., Irslinger, B., Pooth, R., Liljegren, H., Strand, R. F., Haig, G., Macák, M., Kim, R. I., Anonby, E., Pronk, T., Belyaev, O., Dewey-Findell, T. K., Boutilier, M., Freiberg, C., Tegethoff, R., Serangeli, M., Liosis, N., Stroński, K., Schulte, K., Gupta, G. K., Haak, W., Krause, J., Atkinson, Q. D., Greenhill, S. J., Kühnert, D., & Gray, R. D. (2023). Language trees with sampled ancestors support a hybrid model for the origin of Indo-European languages. Science, 381(6656): eabg0818.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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