Staff Profiles

Brian G. Richmond

Curator of Human Origins, Division of Anthropology
Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae (short version)
  • Education

      • SUNY at Stony Brook, Ph.D., 1998
      • SUNY at Stony Brook, M.A., 1995
      • Rice University, B.A., 1990
  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

      Brian Richmond’s research involves recovering evidence from the fossil record about how humans evolved, and exploring how and why our bodies evolved to develop, function, and look the way they do now. The human fossil record provides the raw evidence of what anatomy and species existed in the past, and where, when, and in what context they existed. Richmond and his colleagues pursue fieldwork in Africa to expand the human fossil record, and conduct comparative and laboratory analyses to test ideas about the significance of the anatomy found in the fossil record. His research has especially focused on the origins of walking upright in two legs, and how walking gait, body size, and body shape (such as limb proportions) changed during human evolution. His comparative and experimental research has also shed new light on how our manual dexterity, foot function, and chewing anatomy evolved over the past several million years.

      His search for early human and ape fossils has included fieldwork in Ethiopia, Turkey, Tanzania, and Kenya. He currently codirects fieldwork in East Turkana, Kenya, where he and his team have unearthed new fossils and some of the oldest footprints in the human family tree.

  • Publications

  • Teaching Experience

    Teaching Experience