Assistant professor of anthropology Noreen von Cramon-Traubadel

Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel

Associate Professor
Office: Spaulding Bldg 6, Room 166
Phone Number: (716) 645-0430
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PhD, University of Cambridge
MSc, University College London
BSC, University of Ireland-Galway

Research Interests

Biological Anthropology, Human Evolution, Evolutionary Morphology, Modern Human Variation, Craniometrics, Geometric Morphometrics.

Courses Offered

Undergraduate Courses
APY 107 | Introduction to Physical Anthropology

Graduate Courses
APY 720 | Advanced Research in Physical Anthropology

Selected Publications

von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2014) The microevolution of modern human cranial variation: Implications for human and primate evolution. Annals of Human Biology 41:323-335.

von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2014) Evolutionary insights into global patterns of human cranial diversity: population history, climatic and dietary effects. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 92: 43-77.

Brewster C., Meiklejohn C., von Cramon-Taubadel N. & Pinhasi R. (2014). Craniometric analysis of European Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic samples supports discontinuity at the Last Glacial Maximum. Nature Communications 5: 4094.

von Cramon-Taubadel N, Stock JT. & Pinhasi R. (2013). Skull and limb morphology differentially track population history and environmental factors in the transition to agriculture in Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280: 20131337.

von Cramon-Taubadel N. & Smith HF. (2012). The relative congruence of cranial and genetic estimates of hominoid taxon relationships: implications for the reconstruction of hominin phylogeny. Journal of Human Evolution 62 (5): 640-653.

Eriksson A, Betti L, Friend AD, Lycett SJ, Singarayer JS, von Cramon-Taubadel N, Valdes PJ, Balloux F. & Manica A. (2012). Late Pleistocene climate change and the global expansion of anatomically modern humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109: 16089-16094.

von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2011). Global human mandibular variation reflects differences in agricultural and hunter-gatherer subsistence strategies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108: 19546-19551.

von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2011). The relative efficacy of functional and developmental cranial modules for reconstructing global human population history. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 146 (1): 83-93.

von Cramon-Taubadel N. & Pinhasi R. (2011). Craniometric data support a mosaic model of demic and cultural Neolithic diffusion to outlying regions of Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278 (1720): 2874-2880.

von Cramon-Taubadel N. & Weaver TD. (2009). Insights from a quantitative genetic approach to human morphological evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology 18: 237-240.

von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2009). Congruence of individual cranial bone morphology and neutral molecular affinity patterns in modern humans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140:205-215.

Pinhasi R. & von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2009). Craniometric data supports demic diffusion model for the spread of agriculture into Europe. PLoS ONE 4(8): e6747 pp. 1-8.

von Cramon-Taubadel N. (2009). Revisiting the homoiology hypothesis: The impact of phenotypic plasticity on the reconstruction of human population history from craniometric data. Journal of Human Evolution 57:179-190.

von Cramon-Taubadel N. & Lycett SJ. (2008). Human cranial variation fits iterative founder effect model with African origin. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 136: 108-113.

von Cramon-Taubadel N, Frazier BC. & Lahr MM. (2007). The problem of assessing landmark error in geometric morphometrics: theory, methods and modifications. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 134:24-35.