1992 …2019

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Personal profile

Qualifications

AB MA PhD FHEA

Research interests

My primary research interests are in three major areas:

- Craniofacial morphology
- Evolution of anthropoid primates, and
- Theory and method of phylogenetic inference

My interest in the evolution of the Anthropoidea (monkeys and apes, including humans) led me early in my career to consider the facial skeleton as a key region for the explication of the pattern of evolutionary relationships among this group of primates. Composed of many different bones and linked to both individual and species recognition, the face can provide a wealth of information from which evolutionary inferences can be made. I have used craniofacial data to test previous hypotheses of phylogeny of extant and extinct catarrhines, or Old World anthropoid primates.

I am currently exploring these topics further, in two distinct directions. My facial work has led to a collaboration with Thomas Koppe of the Institute of Anatomy, Ernst Moritz Arndt University, Greifswald (Germany), to investigate the evolution of craniofacial pneumatization (the paranasal sinuses). Together, we have begun to explain the pattern of change in sinus presence and size in extant and extinct primates, including hominins. I also maintain a keen interest in techniques of phylogenetic reconstruction; this has spawned further work in morphometrics (the science of quantifying anatomical shape), including the treatment of metric characters in phylogenetic systematics.

Professional affiliations

American Association of Physical Anthropologists (physanth.org)

British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (www.BABAO.org.uk)

Primate Society of Great Britain (psgb.org)

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Research Output

Variation in paranasal pneumatisation between Mid-Late Pleistocene hominins

Buck, L., Stringer, C. B., MacLarnon, A. & Rae, T. C., 11 Mar 2019, In : Bullétins et Mémoires de la Société d'Anthropologie de Paris.

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Computer simulations show that Neanderthal facial morphology represents adaptation to cold and high energy demands, but not heavy biting

Rae, T. C., Wroe, S., Stringer, C. B., Parr, W. C. H., Ledogar, J. A., Bourke, J., Evans, S. P., Fiorenza, L., Benazzi, S., Hublin, J-J., Kullmer, O., Curry, M. & Yokley, T. R., 4 Apr 2018, In : Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences.

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Mesopithecus pentelicus from the Turolian locality of Kryopigi (Kassandra, Chalkidiki, Greece)

Rae, T. C., Lazaridis, G., Tsoukala, E., Gómez-Olivencia, A., Nagel, D. & Bartsiokas, A., Aug 2018, In : JOURNAL OF HUMAN EVOLUTION. 121

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Long-term benzodiazepine and Z-drugs use in England: a survey of general practice

Davies, J., Rae, T. C. & Montagu, L., 1 Sep 2017, In : BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE. 67, 662, p. e609-e613 5 p., 662.

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Relationship between foramen magnum position and locomotion in extant and extinct hominoids

Rae, T. C., Wroe, S., Neaux, D., Sansalone, G., Ledogar, J., Bienvenu, T., Guy, F., Daver, G. & Brunet, M., 1 Sep 2017, In : JOURNAL OF HUMAN EVOLUTION. 113, p. 1-9

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Activities

  • 14 Publication peer-review
  • 7 Editorial Activity
  • 2 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 1 Participation in conference

BABAO Annual Meeting

Todd C. Rae (Participant)

9 Sep 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Hypothesis hunter: Adventures in the Inner Space of the Face

Todd C. Rae (Speaker)

11 Dec 2015

Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Folia Primatologica (Journal)

Todd C. Rae (Editorial board member)

2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial Activity

Legends of Facial Hollows

Todd C. Rae (Speaker)

21 Feb 2014

Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic lecture/debate/seminar

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRIMATOLOGY (Journal)

Todd C. Rae (Guest editor)

2010

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial Activity

Thesis

Craniofacial morphology, adaptation, and paranasal pneumatisation in Pleistocene hominins

Author: Buck, L., 2014

Supervisor: MacLarnon, A. (Supervisor), Rae, T. (Supervisor) & Stringer, C. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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Masticatory adaptations of extant and extinct Ursidae: an assessment using three-dimensional geometric morphometrics

Author: van Heteren, A. H., 31 Jan 2012

Supervisor: MacLarnon, A. (Supervisor), Rae, T. (Supervisor) & Soligo, C. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

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