I am the Track Leader of the Max Planck Weizmann Joint Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology (MPWC) at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. My research programme focuses on the evolution and biology of the chewing apparatus in primates (including humans), carnivores and other mammals. I am specifically interested in unravelling the form-function complexes within and between bony, dental and muscular structures with the following questions in mind:
- How do the jaws and teeth covary to achieve masticatory efficiency?
- What is the functional significance, if any, of dental morphological traits?
- How variable is the anatomy and the histology of the chewing muscles?
- How do humans and animals break down food and how much force is involved?
More on my research interests can be found here.