Research Priorities

  1. Diversification of Homo sapiens and the emergence of modern human anatomy
  2. Human paleontology and archaeology of eastern Africa, Southeast Asia, and Pacific America
  3. Genetic drift and natural selection in human evolution
  4. Bio-cultural change associated with subsistence strategies, from foraging to food production
  5. Methodological advances in natural and cultural heritage science


Primary Research Questions

  1. When and where in the fossil and archaeological records do we see humans that look like us?
  2. To what degree is the anatomical variation of our skeletons the result of evolutionary chance and natural selection?
  3. Why are the bodies of hunter-gatherers different than those of individuals from agricultural societies?
  4. What new analytical methods can be engineered, or how can existing methods be modified, to address heritage science problems?