Darcy Shapiro

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Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology and
Center for Human Evolutionary Studies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
131 George Street, RAB 306
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1414

848-932-9395 phone
732-932-1564 fax

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Academic Biography

After receiving my B.S. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2009, I began graduate school at Rutgers, studying the functional anatomy of the primate bony pelvis. My field experience includes work at two sites in Spain (a Neandertal cave site in Murcia and a Roman necropolis on Menorca), as well as at the Miocene locality of Rudabanya, Hungary.

Research interests

Fossil preparation, Miocene apes, the functional anatomy of the pelvis, and reconstructing primate locomotion in the fossil record.

Current Projects

My dissertation focuses on using the internal trabecular anatomy of the pelvis in conjunction with its external morphology to reconstruct locomotion in extinct primates, particularly Miocene apes and australopithecines. I am interested in testing locomotor hypotheses via high-resolution X-ray computed tomography (HRXCT) and contributing to ongoing debates in paleoanthropology about the evolutionary context of the rise of bipedalism in hominins. I am also involved in Dr. Scott's project on the influence of food material properties and cooking on meat-eating performance in human subjects.

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