Ashley Hammond, Ph.D.

Associate Curator, Biological Anthropology, Curator-in-Charge of Archaeology

Associate Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School



  • University of Missouri, Ph.D., 2013
  • Florida Atlantic University, M.A., 2008
  • Florida Atlantic University, B.A., 2006

Research Interests

Dr. Hammond works on the fossil record for hominoid (ape and human) evolution in East Africa. Her interests in human origins centers on the evolution of locomotor behaviors, especially bipedal locomotion, which is the hallmark of the human lineage. She concentrates on the postcranium, especially the pelvis, as an indicator of locomotor evolution through time.

In collaboration with researchers from the National Museums of Kenya, Dr. Hammond actively conducts paleontological research at several sites in Kenya. Her field work has centered on the east side of Lake Turkana in Plio-Pleistocene hominin-bearing deposits that range from about 1 million years to nearly 4 million years in age.

Her paleontological work in East Turkana has recovered hominin fossils relevant to the origins of the genus Homo, among others. Furthermore, she is conducting work at Late Miocene paleontological sites in Kenya in hopes of recovering ape and hominin fossils during a critical but poorly sampled timeperiod. Dr. Hammond is also interested in the development of novel techniques that can be applied to the study of fragmentary fossils in the laboratory, including nonlandmark-based morphometrics and digital modeling techniques.


Richard Gilder Graduate School

Division of Anthropology


Recent Publications

2019. Hammond, A.S., K. Foecke, and J. Kelley. Hominoid anterior teeth from the late Oligocene site of Losodok, Kenya. Journal of Human Evolution 128: 59–75.

2018.  Kendall, L., M.N. Muchlinski, A.S. HammondA.S. Deane, M. Purcell, H.W. Hemingway, G. Hanke, J. Pastor, M. Garrosa, and A. Hartstone-Rose. The ligamentum teres femoris in orangutans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 167: 684–690.

2018. Hammond, A.S., S. Almécija, Y. Libsekal, L. Rook, R. Macchiarelli. A partial Homo pelvis from the Early Pleistocene of Eritrea.  Journal of Human Evolution 123: 109-128.

2018. Muchlinski, M.N., A.S. Hammond, A.S. Deane, M. Purcell, H.W. Hemingway, G. Hanke, J. Pastor, M. Garrosa, and A. Hartstone-Rose. The ligamentum teres femoris in orangutans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 167: 684-690.

2017. Alba, D.M., A.S. Hammond, V. Vinuesa, and I. Casanovas-Vilar. First record of a Miocene pangolin (Pholidota: Manoidea) from the Iberian Peninsula. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: e1424716.

2017. Hammond, A.S., D.F. Royer, and J.G. Fleagle. The Omo-Kibish I pelvis. Journal of Human Evolution 108: 199–219.

2017. Hammond, A.S., S. Almécija. Lower ilium evolution in apes and hominins. Anatomical Record (Special Issue) 300: 828-844.

Teaching Experience

Faculty Appointments

  • Assistant Curator of Biological Anthropology, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, 2018-present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Center for Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP), Department of Anthropology, George Washington University, 2017-2018
  • Instructor, Department of Anatomy, Howard University, 2015-2016
  • Research Instructor, Department of Anatomical Sciences, Stony Brook University, 2013-2015

Courses Taught

(As a primary instructor)

  • Koobi Fora Field School, The George Washington University, 2016-2018              
  • Human Functional Anatomy, The George Washington University, 2018
  • Structure and Function, Howard University, College of Medicine, 2015-2016
  • Regional Human Gross Anatomy, Stony Brook University, 2013-2014
  • Research in Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University, 2015

Graduate Committees

  • Lawrence Fatica, The George Washington University
  • Vance Powell, The George Washington University