What Does the Fox Say? Insights on Human Craniofacial Evolution from Domesticated Canids


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Scott Maddux, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Missouri


  • PhD in Anthropology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • MA in Anthropology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • BA in Anthropology (Cum Laude), Texas A&M University, College Station, TX


My research focuses on human evolution during the Middle and Late Pleistocene.  I am particularly interested in the distinctive craniofacial morphologies of Neandertals and anatomically modern H. sapiens, and the developmental, adaptive, and stochastic processes which produced them.  Related to these issues, I have specific interests in the relationship between size and shape of the human face, patterns of human craniofacial integration, and ecogeographical variation in human cranial morphology. To explore these topics, I employ multiple techniques and approaches, including linear and geometric morphometric analyses of human skeletal remains, and experimental modeling in non-human species. 

Current Projects

  • Neandertal facial morphology and evolution
  • Ecogeographical variation in human nasal morphology
  • Maxillary sinus morphology and function 
  • Facial sutures in craniofacial growth and development
  • Behavior-morphology linkage during canid domestication and human evolution

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