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Elizabeth H. Harmon
Visiting Faculty 

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Department of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies 
4505 Maryland Parkway
Box 455003
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5003

My office is WRI A108
(702) 895-4085 Office
(702) 895-4823 Fax 

At left, examining fossils of Australopithecus afarensis with Dr. A.K. Behrensmeyer at the 
National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


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PhD Candidate
Department of Anthropology
Institute of Human Origins
Arizona State University 

My research focuses on early human evolution, and particularly on the shape and size of postcranial bones in species like three-million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis.  The postcranial skeleton provides information about locomotion, body size and sexual dimorphism.  Important changes in human evolution relate to the adoption of upright walking (locomotion) and the decrease in body size differences between males and females (sexual dimorphism).  These changes can be better understood by studying fossil remains of the postcranial skeleton. 

I have extensive experience conducting paleoanthropological and archaeological fieldwork.  I have taken part in fossil hunting expeditions to Ethiopia as a Hadar Research Project team member.  The Hadar Research Project provided most of the Australopithecus afarensis fossils that are currently available for study.  Plans for a new field project in Ethiopia are underway.  The new project would focus on sediments that span the Plio-Pleistocene boundary (about two-million-years-ago), a time of environmental and mammlian change in Ethiopia.

Selected Honors:

2003-2004 NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant 

2003-2004 AAUW American Fellowship

Selected Publications:

Plavcan, JM,  Lockwood, CL, Kimbel, WH,  Lague, MR, Harmon EH (in press) Sexual dimorphism in Australopithecus afarensis revisited:  how strong is the case for a human-like pattern of dimorphism?  Journal of Human Evolution.