I am a biological anthropologist who studies human evolution. My main research interests include the study of hominin (humans and the extinct relatives) taxonomy and phylogeny using cranial morphology, the application of geometric morphometrics to study skeletal variation and functional morphology, and the evolutionary history of Plio-Pleistocene Homo.
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ.I earned my Ph.D. in anthropology at the City University of New York (part of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology) in 2007.
Click here for CV (updated 11/2015).
Homo erectus Systematics and Evolutionary History
Recent Peer Reviewed Publications
(most are available on ResearchGate)
Baab, K.L. (2015) Defining Homo erectus. Henke, W. and Tattersall, I. (Eds.). Handbook of Paleoanthropology. New York: Springer, pp. 2189-2219. *Invited*
Baab, K.L.(2014) Phylogenetic, ecological, and allometric correlates of cranial shape in Malagasy lemuriforms. Evolution. 68: 1450–1468.
Baab, K.L., McNulty, K.P., and Harvati, K. 2013. Homo floresiensis contextualized: A geometric morphometric comparative analysis of fossil and pathological human samples. PLoS ONE. 8(7): e69119.
Baab, K.L., McNulty, K.P., and Rohlf, F.J. 2012. The shape of human evolution: A geometric morphometrics perspective. Evolutionary Anthropology. 21: 151-165.
McNulty, K.P. and Baab, K.L. 2010. Keeping asymmetry in perspective: A reply to Eckhardt and Henneberg. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 143: 337-339.
Baab, K.L., Freidline, S.E., Wang, S.L., and Hanson, T. 2010. Relationship of cranial robusticity to cranial form, geography and climate in Homo sapiens. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 141: 97-115.
Baab, K.L. and McNulty, K.P. 2009. Size, shape, and asymmetry in fossil hominins: The status of the LB1 cranium based on 3D morphometric analyses. Journal of Human Evolution. 57: 608-622.
Baab, K.L. 2008. The taxonomic implications of cranial shape variation in Homo erectus. Journal of Human Evolution. 54: 827-847.
Baab, K.L. 2008. A re-evaluation of the taxonomic affinities of the early Homo cranium KNM-ER 42700. Journal of Human Evolution. 55: 741-746.
Other Invited Articles
Delson, E., Baab, K.L. (2011) Fossil Humans in McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology ed. 10, vol. 7, 464-478. *Invited*
Jungers, W. and Baab, K. 2010. The geometry of hobbits: Homo floresiensis and human evolution. Significance. 6: 159-194.
Popular Media Coverage of "Hobbit" Studies
Featured in the New York Times. Link to article.
Author spotlight blog post on PLoS ONE. Link to blog.
Featured in Le Monde (Paris). Link to article.
Featured in Newsday (Long Island). Download article.
Featured on Planeterde.de. Link to article.
Featured on ATSE Wonder of Science. Link to article.
Featured in Zero Hora (Brazil). Link to article.
The American Museum of Natural History did a Human Bulletin piece that featured our research and a video is currently featured in the Hall of Human Origins (through Feb. 6, 2009). Navigate directly to the AMNH webpage.
Several on-line news outlets also covered this story, including USA Today, National Geographic, the Guardian (UK), and ScienceDaily. Elizabeth Culotta also mentions the Significance piece in the Science "Origins" blog.