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Rutgers University
Evolutionary Anthropology

Educational Program
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Phone: 1 (732) 932-9886   Fax: 1 (732) 932-1564   E-Mail:
131 George Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1414 UNITED STATES
Department: Department of Anthropology
Institution: Rutgers University
Affiliations: Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund's International Science and Conservation Program

Mission: The Human Origins/Evolution of Human Behavior area of the Department of Anthropology (known as the Evolutionary Program) has three faculty (from a total of eleven) who are studying the origin and evolution of human behavior from a primatological perspective. Other faculty emphasize archeological, human anatomical, or human ethological perspectives. The 3 faculty who employ a primatological perspective (and their associated graduate students) engage in research and study of nonhuman primate morphology and behavior utilizing an evolutionary perspective.

Principal Research Programs: Endoparasites of sympatric vervet and patas monkeys, Laikipia, Kenya; Fluctuating asymmetry and sexual selection in olive baboons, Laikipia, Kenya; infanticide in baboons; female-female food competition in Taiwanese macaques, Fushan Reserve, Taiwan; mate choice in Taiwanese macaques; primate socioecology; bone biology and occipital growth in primates and humans; Paleontological and paleoanthropological research at Plio-Pleistocene sites, East Turkana region, northern Kenya; Niche structure in African Miocene Hominoids; community structure in the Plio-Pleistocene of East Turkana

Training Opportunities: Educational opportunities available for: Undergraduate, Graduate; Field work opportunities available; Program emphasis: Functional anatomy; Behavioral ecology, Evolution; fellowship and teaching assistant Financial support available for graduate students, competitive graduate student research grants; competitive undergradate student research grants; graduate student aid to present papers at scientific meetings; The facilities of the Walton Centre for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis are available for training and research.

Number of Staff: 3

Last Updated: 2002-02-13

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