Karen L. Baab
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., City University of New York, 2007


Courses taught at Stony Brook include ANP120 Introduction to Biological Anthropology, ANP300 Human Anatomy, and ANP405 Human Evolution in the Headlines.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the evolution of the skull in human and non-human primates. I am particularly interested in teasing apart the underlying factors responsible for the differences observed within and between species. Much of my research has focused on interpeting temporal, spatial and allometric variation in the shape of the cranium in Homo erectus and other early Homo taxa in a systematic and evolutionary framework. A natural extension of this research has been the investigation of cranial morphology in the enigmatic Homo floresiensis fossils found on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2004. I am also currently investigating how skull anatomy can inform us about both evolutionary history and adaptation to diet in Malagasy lemurs. This group provides a unique opportunity to study an adaptive radiation within primates.

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