Research Themes


Our ongoing phylogenetic and taphonomic analyses on newly discovered Kromdraai fossil hominins combine computer-assisted imaging methods, 3D morphometric methods not contingent on sparsely selected landmarks (e.g., diffeomorphisms), and formal measurements of phylogenetic signals combined with ancestral reconstructions.

We give special attention to methods measuring the relative roles of selection, interspecies allometry and phylogenetic relationships in shaping the evolution of phenotypes related to developmental strategies (e.g. dental developmental sequences), body size constraints and hearing capabilities (e.g., cochlear morphology).