Evolution and Ecology

The Evolution and Ecology theme engages both biological anthropologists and archaeologists in research that addresses topics including the evolution of human behavior, cognition, and morphology, primate origins, human evolutionary ecology, adaptation to the Pleistocene-Holocene transition, and primate behavioral ecology.

Given wide-ranging interest in these issues, this theme engages anthropology faculty and students with other departments and schools of the university and with the broader public.

Take a look at the ongoing reseach page for more information on current research projects related to this theme.

Recent publications

  • 2017 – Helen Kurki. Bilateral Asymmetry in the Human Pelvis. Anatomical Record 300: 653-665. DOI: 10.1002/ar.23546
  • 2016 - H. Kurki & S-L. Decrausaz, Shape variation in the human pelvis and limb skeleton: Implications for obstetric adaptation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 159:630-638. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22922.

  • 2013 - Mackie, Quentin, Loren Davis, Daryl FedjeDuncan McLaren, and Amy Gusick,  Locating Pleistocene-age Submerged Archaeological Sites on the Northwest Coast: Current Status of Research and Future Directions.  Pp 133-147 in Kelly E. Graf, Caroline V. Ketron, & Michael R. Waters(eds.) Paleoamerican Odyssey Texas A&M Press.

  • 2018 - Rodrigues, AT; Iain McKechnie, & DY Yang,  Ancient DNA analysis of Indigenous rockfish use on the Pacific Coast: Implications for marine conservation areas and fisheries managementPLoS ONE 13 (2), e0192716.

  • 2017 - Armstrong, C. G., A.C. Shoemaker, I. McKechnie, et al., Anthropological contributions to historical ecology: 50 questions, infinite prospectsPloS One 12(2): e0171883.

  • 2018 - Riede, R., Johannsen, N.N., Högberg, A., Nowell, A., and Lombard, M..  The Role of Object Play in Human Cognitive Evolution and Domain-Specific Innovation: A Niche Construction Perspective.. Evolutionary Anthropology 27(1): 46-59.

  •  2016 -  Nowell, A. Childhood, Play and the Evolution of Cultural Capacity in Neandertals.  In The Nature of Culture, edited by Miriam Haidle, Nicolas Conard and Michael Bolus.  Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology series.  Springer.  Pp. 87-97.

  • 2016 - Melanie L. Chang and April Nowell. How to Make Stone Soup: Is the Paleo Diet a Missed Opportunity for Anthropologists? Evolutionary Anthropology 25 (5):228-231.

  • 2016 - April Nowell, Cameron Walker, Carlos E. Cordova, Christopher J. H. Ames, James T. Pokines and Amer S. A. al-Asuliman.  Middle Pleistocene subsistence in the Azraq Oasis, Jordan: Protein residue and other proxies. Journal of Archaeological Science 73: 36-44.

  • 2017 - Amanda L. Logan and Ann B. Stahl, Genealogies of Practice in and of the Environment in Banda, Ghana. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 24:1356-1399. DOI 10.1007/sI0816-017-9315-5.