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Brian Villmoare









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I am a paleoanthropologist interested in a variety of subjects related to human evolution including broad questions of evolutionary theory to high-resolution studies of the internal structures of the hominin face. Current research projects include studying the role of selection and genetics in evolutionary change and extinction, the specific evolutionary constraints and selection pressures responsible for hominin craniofacial form, determining the homology of unique characters in the hominin cranium, and FEA biomechanical analyses of early hominins.

My past fieldwork includes Makapansgat, South Africa, and Koobi Fora, Kenya. Since 2002, I have worked in the Afar region of Ethiopia, where I am currently a co-director of the Ledi-Geraru Project with Kaye Reed , Chris Campisano, and Ramone Arrowsmith. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation (see link to field images below)

I received my PhD in physical anthropology from Arizona State University in 2008. Working with Charlie Lockwood and Bill Kimbel, I focused on detailed analyses of the craniofacial morphology of early fossil hominins.

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Click on the ‘Ledi-Gararu Photos’ link to see field images (in progress)