The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Dr Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel
Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology
Programme Convenor BSc Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Medical Anthropology
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Dr Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel received her initial training in the natural sciences as a B.Sc. (Hons.) Zoology from the National University of Ireland, Galway (2002). Her interest in human evolution led to an M.Sc. in Human Evolution and Behaviour from University College London (2003) and a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (2008).
Dr von Cramon-Taubadel's research interests encompass a range of topics within Evolutionary Anthropology. She has published on issues such as the analysis of past hominin dispersal, the nature of the transition to agriculture in Europe, comparative anatomy of the hominoids, geometric morphometrics and comparative shape analysis of Palaeolithic stone tools. The major focus of her current research is the microevolutionary analysis of craniometric variation within modern humans and the degree to which individual elements of the human cranium are impacted by neutral and selective evolutionary forces.
Further information about current research projects and funding can be found here.back to top
von Cramon-Taubadel N., Stock JT. & Pinhasi R. (2013). Skull and limb morphology differentially track population history and environmental factors in the transition to agriculture in Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280: 20131337.
von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2013). Evolutionary insights into global patterns of human cranial diversity: population history, climatic and dietary effects. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 91: 1-36.
von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2013). Congruence of cranial and genetic estimates of Old World primate phylogeny. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. Wiley-Blackwell (in press).
von Cramon-Taubadel N. & Smith HF. (2012). The relative congruence of cranial and genetic estimates of hominoid taxon relationships: implications for the reconstruction of hominin phylogeny. Journal of Human Evolution 62 (5): 640-653.
Eriksson A, Betti L, Friend AD, Lycett SJ, Singarayer JS, von Cramon-Taubadel N, Valdes PJ, Balloux F. & Manica A. (2012). Late Pleistocene climate change and the global expansion of anatomically modern humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109: 16089-16094.
von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2011). Global human mandibular variation reflects differences in agricultural and hunter-gatherer subsistence strategies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108: 19546-19551.
von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2011). The relative efficacy of functional and developmental cranial modules for reconstructing global human population history. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 146 (1): 83-93.
von Cramon-Taubadel N. & Pinhasi R. (2011). Craniometric data support a mosaic model of demic and cultural Neolithic diffusion to outlying regions of Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278 (1720): 2874-2880.
von Cramon-Taubadel N. & Weaver TD. (2009). Insights from a quantitative genetic approach to human morphological evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology 18: 237-240.
von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2009). Congruence of individual cranial bone morphology and neutral molecular affinity patterns in modern humans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140:205-215.
Pinhasi R. & von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2009). Craniometric data supports demic diffusion model for the spread of agriculture into Europe. PLoS ONE 4(8): e6747
von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2009). Revisiting the homoiology hypothesis: The impact of phenotypic plasticity on the reconstruction of human population history from craniometric data. Journal of Human Evolution 57:179-190.
von Cramon-Taubadel N. & Lycett SJ. (2008). Human cranial variation fits iterative founder effect model with African origin. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 136: 108-113.back to top
I am currently teaching on the following modules:
SE302 - Foundations of Biological Anthropology (Convenor)
SE533 - Project in Anthropological Science
SE567 - Methodology in Anthropological Science
SE570 - Current Issues in Evolutionary Anthropology
SE581 - Biological Anthropology: The Human Animal
SE593 - Evolution of Human Diversity (Convenor)back to top
Lia Betti (PhD Anthropology 2009-2012) “Out of Africa and what happened next: exploring the origins of human pelvic shape variability.”
Anita Wan (Masters by Research) “Drivers of the demand for the ornamental trade of Amazonian discus fish (genus Symphysodon) between international markets.”back to top
Links to Media coverage of my research:
Changes in diet and its effect on human mandibular shape
von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2011). Global human mandibular variation reflects differences in agricultural and hunter-gatherer subsistence strategies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108: 19546-19551
Transition to agriculture in Europe involved both demic and cultural diffusion
von Cramon-Taubadel N. & Pinhasi R. (2011). Craniometric data support a mosaic model of demic and cultural Neolithic diffusion to outlying regions of Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278 (1720): 2874-2880
The influence of climate change on the expansion of modern humans out of Africa
Eriksson A, Betti L, Friend AD, Lycett SJ, Singarayer JS, von Cramon-Taubadel N., Valdes PJ, Balloux F. & Manica A. (in press). Late Pleistocene climate change and the global expansion of anatomically modern humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.back to top