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Marisa E. Macias

Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Origins

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  • Education

      • Duke University, Ph.D., 2015
      • New York University, M.A., 2009
      • Stanford University, B.A., 2004
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      Dr. Marisa Macias’ research involves investigating the functional anatomy of the human arm over the past four million years, funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

      Specializing in morphometrics and computer modeling, she has applied these methods to understanding the evolution of the human upper limb. She draws on evidence from human fossils as well as modern and archaeological humans, as well as living primates. These groups provide key context for interpreting how the arm has functioned in different places and at different times over human history. She studies fossils from Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa including Australopithecus sediba, a recently discovered hominin from 1.98 million years ago.

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