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Shapiro, Jill

E3B Senior Lecturer; Program Advisor - Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species Major

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Anthropology, Columbia University, New York, 1995
Research Description

Systematics is at the core of my research, which spans several areas of biological anthropology, including human evolution, human and non-human skeletal biology, the history of the scientific race concept, and hominoid taxonomy.  Although I continue my long standing interest in interpopulational variability among extant hominoids and the implications of this for understanding Miocene hominoid evolution, recent analyses have focused increasingly on biological conceptions of human variability and distinctiveness (relative to other apes) in Western science from the 16th-19th centuries.

Research Keywords: Biological anthropology, Human evolution, Human and non-human primate skeletal biology, Hominoid systematics, Biological and cultural concepts of race

Courses Websites

EEEB W1010 Human Origins & Evolution (formerly The Human Species)

EEEB V4700 Race: The Tangled History of a Biological Concept

EEEB V3208 Explorations in Primate Anatomy

EEEB W3204 Dynamics of Human Evolution

EEEB V3030 The Biology, Systematics, and Evolutionary History of “The Apes”, also known as Apes, Apes, Apes

EEEB W3215 Forensic Osteology

Representative Publications

B. O’Flaherty and J. Shapiro (2004). Apes, essences and races:  What naturalists believed about human variation, 1700-1900. In D. Colander, R.E. Prasch and F.A. Sheth (eds.). Racism, Liberalism, and Economics, pp. 21-55. Michigan: University of Michigan Press.

R.L. Holloway, M.S. Yuan, D.C. Broadfield, D. De Gusta, G. Richards, A. Silver, J.Shapiro and T.D. White (2002). The missing Omo L338y-6 occipital -marginal sinus drainage pattern: Ground sectioning, CT scanning, and the original fossil fail to show it. The Anatomical Record 266:249-257.

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