Discovery and analysis of fossil primates from the Paleocene through the Miocene, including sites in the Turkana Basin of East Africa.
Dr. Glenn C. Conroy
Dr. Glenn C. Conroy’s work focuses upon the analysis of paleontological evidence for human and non-human primate evolution. In conjunction with the medical imaging laboratory at Washington University’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, state of the art computer imaging techniques have been used to investigate anatomical structures in australopiths and other early hominids. More recent work has focused on applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology to various early Tertiary paleontological sites.
Dr. David Strait is a paleoanthropologist who studies the fossil record of human evolution. He looks at how various species of early humans diversified through analysis of the anatomical similarities and differences among fossil hominins. Dr. Strait also has an interested in the evolution of died and feeding in fossil hominins. He works with a large team of collaborators from many universities that uses engineering, experimental, comparative and ecological methods to test hypotheses about feeding biomechanics in fossil hominins and non-human primates. Currently, Dr. Strait is working in a cave site in northern Italy that preserves archaeological and fossil evidence relevant to understanding the origin of modern humans.
Other faculty in the Biological Anthropology group have research interests related to primate evolution: Dr. Jane Phillips-Conroy and Dr. Crickette Sanz study primate evolutionary ecology. Dr. Richard Smith is interested in the ecological implications of body size variation in primates and fossil hominins, and in the logic and and assumptions underlying current statistical methods in paleoanthropology.