Evolutionary Anthropology

Evolutionary anthropologists employ a scientific approach to develop and test hypotheses about the nature, evolutionary causes, and scientific and social implications of human biological variation. Professionals in this discipline study human evolutionary ecology, primate behavior, human and non-human primate evolution, genetics, human biology, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology.

 UNM Evolutionary Anthropology Faculty research interests include:

  • the behavioral ecology of small scale forager and horticultural societies in South America and Africa
  • tropical conservation and local resource usage patterns
  • human status competition in stratified social systems
  • skeletal biology and human prehistory in the Americas non-human primate social behavior and paleontology and biogeography in India and Africa
  • the physical and behavioral evolution of Neanderthals and other early humans
  • human genetic diversity in the Americas
  • the relationship between biology, language and culture