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Monya Anderson

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PhD, University of Oregon, 2019
Biological Anthropology


Paleoprimatology, Functional Morphology, Paleoecology, Comparative Anatomy, Plio-Pleistocene Cercopithecidae, Primate Evolution

Current Research Projects:

Niche Separation and Functional in the Large-Bodied Fossil Colobines (Ethiopia and Kenya), Principal Investigator (2015-present)

Funding: NSF DDIG (Proposal No. 1650923)

Cercopithecidae in Biochronology of African Plio-Pleistocene hominin sites (2012 – present), Principal Investigators: Dr. Stephen Frost and Dr. Chris Gilbert

Collaborators: Dr. Eric Delson and Kelsey Pugh

Funding: Wenner-Gren Foundation, NYCEP, PSC-CUNY faculty research award program

Woranso-Mille and Middle Awash Fossil Cercopithecidae, Principal Investigator: Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Collaborator: Dr. Stephen Frost



Courses Taught:

ANTH 201 – Introduction to Anthropology

ANTH 205 – Peoples & Cultures of the World

ANTH 225 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology

ANTH 226 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory

ANTH 312: The Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution

ANTH 415: Anthropological Writing

ANTH 601: Biological Anthropology


Selected and Recent Publications:

Prep     Anderson M. Functional Morphology and Taxonomic Status of the Large-Bodied Colobine Fossil L895-1 from Upper Member G, Shungura Formation, Ethiopia.

Prep     Frost SF, Anderson M, Reda, H, Simons EA. Fossil Cercopithecidae from the Matabaietu, Bouri, and Burka Formations, Middle Awash Valley, Afar State, Ethiopia.

2021       Arenson JL, Simons E, Anderson M, Eller A, White FJ, Frost SR. Geographic variation in cranial form of wild fascicularis-group macaques and comparison to two translocated captive populations (Primates, Cercopithecidae). Am J Bio Anthropol, 178(3), DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.24505

2021    Anderson M. An assessment of the postcranial skeleton of the Paracolobus mutiwa (Primates: Colobinae) specimen KNM-WT 16827 from Lomekwi, West Turkana, Kenya. J Hum Evol 156: 103012.

2020    Harcourt-Smith WH, Anderson M, Fernandez A, Ting N, Frost, S, Delson E. The postcranial morphology and inferred locomotor behavior of the early Pleistocene Eurasian cercopithecine Paradolichopithecus arevenensis. Am J Bio Anthropol. 171(S69): 113.

2018    Gilbert CC, Pugh K, Anderson M, Frost SR, Delson E. Evolution of the modern baboon (Papio hamadryas): A reassessment of the African Plio-Pleistocene record. J Hum Evol 122: 38-69.