Susan Anton

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Director of the MA Program in Human Skeletal Biology, New York University, NY

Presentation Title:

Becoming human in a changing world: the early evolution of Homo

The fossil discoveries of the last decade have radically altered our view of the early evolution of our genus. Dr. Antón's research has led to an understanding of the connections between the changing world of the Pleistocene, dietary resources, and small changes in teeth and jaws that increased survival rate, shaping the origin and early evolution of Homo.

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Recent Publications

Indriati, E and Antón, SC 2008 Earliest Indonesian facial and dental remains from Sangiran, Java: a description of Sangiran 27. Anthropological Science Vol 116(3): 219-229.

Indriati E, Swisher CC III, Lepre C, Quinn RL, Suriyanto RA, et al. 2011 The Age of the 20 Meter Solo River Terrace, Java, Indonesia and the Survival of Homo erectus in Asia. PLoS ONE 6(6): e21562. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021562

Resources for Teaching

Human Origins In The News
Feeds for recent stories on human origins from the Center for the Study of Evolution, NYU.

Integrative measurement protocol for morphological and behavioral research in human and non-human primates [PDF]
Interested in having students collect morphological data on classmates? Use the Bones and Behavior Working Group protocol for consistent results.

New Perspective on Human Evolution
August 9, 2007 story from NPR. Two earlier species of human ancestors that were thought to have evolved in succession turn out to be closer than we thought, according to a paper recently published in Nature. Susan Antón, a co-author of the paper, talks with Alex Chadwick.