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Brian Villmoare

Department of Anthropology
Office: WRI-A 110
Fax: 702-895-4855


Brian Villmoare’s research interests range from broad questions of evolutionary theory to high-resolution studies of the internal structures of the hominin face. Current research projects include studying the role of selection and genetics in evolutionary change and extinction, the specific evolutionary constraints and selection pressures responsible for hominin craniofacial form, determining the homology of unique characters in the hominin cranium, and FEA biomechanical analyses of early hominins. Past fieldwork includes Makapansgat, South Africa, and Koobi Fora, Kenya, and he has worked in the Afar region of Ethiopia since 2002, where he is currently a director of the NSF-funded Ledi-Geraru Project with Kaye Reed and Chris Campisano.


Ph.D. : Arizona State University (2008)

Expert Areas

The role of morphological integration in evolution, the evolution and extinction of Paranthropus, geometric morphometrics, hominin systematics, homology and homoplasy, and macroevolutionary patterns

Recent Publications

2016 Tocheri, M, Dommain, R, McFarlin, S,. Burnett, S, Case, T, Orr, C, Roach, N, Villmoare, B, Eriksen, A, Kalthoff, D. Senck, S, Assefa, Z, Groves, C, Jungers, W. The Evolutionary Origin and Population History of the Grauer Gorilla. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 159: S4–S18. 

2015 Villmoare, B, Kimbel, W, Seyoum, C, Campisano, C, DiMaggio, Rowan, J, Braun, D, Arrowsmith, R, Reed, K. Response to Comment on “Early Homo at 2.8 Ma from Ledi-Geraru,Afar, Ethiopia”. Science 348: 1326. 

2015 Esteve-Altava B, Boughner JC, Diogo R, Villmoare BA, Rasskin-Gutman D. Anatomical Network Analysis Shows Decoupling of Modular Lability and Complexity in the Evolution of the Primate Skull. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0127653.doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0127653.