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Biological Anthropology at Kent

Our work is at the leading edge of major debates in biological and evolutionary anthropology. We pursue a variety of projects linked by a common evolutionary paradigm; we have particular strengths in osteology and functional morphology of human and non-human primates; in primate behaviour and ecology, in evolutionary approaches to investigating human behaviour, and in multidisciplinary approaches to understanding cultural evolution.

Recent work includes studying the micro-evolutionary history of human and primate anatomy, including the effects of diet on the shape of the human mandible and the evolution of permanent tooth enamel; investigating the function and cell biology of human deciduous teeth; studying functional morphology of the hand of modern and extinct apes, including Australopithecus sediba and Sivapithecus; identifying paternity and male mating strategies among wild chimpanzees; testing biological markets and other models of cooperation using chimpanzee grooming; identifying cultural and social influences on tool-use by chimpanzees in predation on army ants; pursuing cladistic analyses of cultural variation in chimpanzees; conducting experimental and morphological investigations of upper Palaeolithic blades; investigating the influence of Pleistocene climate change on the expansion of anatomically modern humans; exploring human life history and mortality in modern populations, including the role of environmental risk in shaping reproductive schedules, and applications of evolutionary theory to social policy.

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