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Darcy Shapiro

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shapiro darcy sima broken pickaxeAdvisor: Dr. Robert Scott

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

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. Robert Scott’s project on the influence of food material properties and cooking on meat-eating performance in human subjects.

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Shapiro, D. 2013. A preliminary quantitative comparison of the internal trabecular architecture of the ilia of chimpanzees and orangutans by high-resolution x-ray computed tomography (HRXCT). Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 150(S56), 251-252. Poster presentation, AAPA meeting, Knoxville, TN.

Zhou, Z., Ward, D., Shapiro, D., Hlubik, S., De Rosa, K.L., Hoffman, D.J., Vogel, E., & Scott, R.S. 2013. Influence of food material properties and cooking on meat-eating performance in humans. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 150(S56), 299. Poster presentation, AAPA meeting, Knoxville, TN.

Shapiro, D. 2012. Phylogenetic and locomotor signals in the primate bony pelvis: a multivariate approach. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 147(S54), 267-268. Poster presentation, AAPA meeting, Minneapolis, MN.


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