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Osbjorn Pearson

Associate Professor

Photo: Osbjorn Pearson

Archaeology,  Evolutionary Anthropology

At UNM since 
1999
Email: 
ompear@unm.edu
Phone: 
(505) 277-4524
Curriculum vitae
 

Recent Courses:

  • Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 101)
  • Evolution and Human Emergence (ANTH 150)
  • Human Evolution Laboratory (ANTH 151L)
  • Human Biology (ANTH 350)
  • Anthropology of the Human Skeleton (ANTH 351)
  • Human Origins (ANTH 357)
  • Paleoanthropology (ANTH 457/557)
  • Reconstructing Life from the Skeleton (ANTH 458)
  • Inferring Behavior from the Skeleton (ANTH 556)
  • Seminar (co-taught with Dr. L. Straus) - The Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transition (ANTH 577)
  • Seminar (co-taught with Dr. L. Straus) - European Prehistory: The Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transition (ANTH 577)

Education:

University of Texas at Austin, Anthropology, BA 1990

State University of New York at Stony Brook, Anthropological Sciences, MA 1995, PhD 1997
Dissertation: “Postcranial Morphology and the Origin of Modern Humans”

Research:

Paleoanthropology, origin of modern humans, skeletal biology, functional morphology, quantitative methods; Africa, Europe

Recent Publications:

O Pearson, 2008. Statistical and Biological Definitions of ‘Anatomically Modern’ Humans: Suggestions for an Integrated Approach to Modern Morphology. Evolutionary Anthropology 17: 38-48.

KJ Carlson, FE Grine and O Pearson, 2007. Robusticity and Sexual Dimorphism in the Postcranium of Modern Hunter-Gatherers from Australia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 134: 9-23.

TE Hanson and O Pearson, 2007. Fitting MANOVA Models with Missing Continuous Data Using Reference Priors. Communications in Statistics – Simulation and Computation 36: 621-30.

J Baker and O Pearson, 2006. Statistical Methods in Bioarchaeology: Applications of Ageadjustment and Logistic Regression to Comparisons of Skeletal Populations with Differing Agestructures. Journal of Archaeological Science 33: 218-26.

YM Lam and O Pearson, 2005. Bone Density Studies and the Interpretation of the Faunal Record. Evolutionary Anthropology 14: 99-108.

YM Lam and O Pearson, 2004. The Fallibility of Bone Density Values and Their Use in Archaeological Analyses. Journal of Taphonomy 2: 99-115.

O Pearson and DE Lieberman, 2004. The Aging of Wolff’s ‘Law’: Ontogeny and Responses to Mechanical Loading in Cortical Bone. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 47: 63-99.

O Pearson, 2004. Has the Combination of Genetic and Fossil Data Solved the Riddle of the Origin of Modern Humans? Evolutionary Anthropology 13: 145-59.

DE Lieberman, O Pearson, JD Polk, B Demes and AW Crompton, 2003. Optimization of Bone Growth and Remodeling in Response to Loading in Tapered Mammalian Limbs. Experimental Biology 206: 3125-38.

DE Lieberman, MJ Devlin and , 2001. Articular Surface Area Responses to Mechanical Loading: Effects of Exercise, Age, and Skeletal Location. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 116: 266-77.