• neanderthal

    Did we kill the Neanderthals?

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    Why do we immigrate?

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    Did ancient primates live here?

  • parapithecus

    Why do fossil primates have smaller brains?

  • Amboseli baboons

    Why does sociality affect health?

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    Did fossil primates have opposable thumbs?

Our Program

Duke evolutionary anthropologists are working to determine exactly what it is that makes us similar and different from our primate relatives. We apply our knowledge to understand how our body, brain and mind came to be and how our biology both enables and constrains us in our lives. By studying primate and human anatomy, endocrinology, genetics, behavioral ecology, and cognition we can inform discussions on many of today's most vexing societal problems. We are biologists dedicated to studying our past to serve our future.

Our students go on into careers in the sciences, health professions, advocates for science and evolution in the schools, or other natural science related fields.

Signature Research Collections and Resources



  • High resolution microCT scanning facility


  • microCT data archive

Upcoming EATS Seminars

Fall 2014

Location: 013 Bio Sci (11:45am -12:45pm)

November 21 Dr. Athena Aktipis, Director of Human and Social Evolution Center for Evolution and Cancer University of California, San Francisco Topic: From Human Sharing to Multicellularity: The Evolution of Resource Transfers and Economic Cheating

December 5 Dr. Bert Covert, Professor, University of Colorado Dept of Anthropology Topic:  Conservation Planning for the Indochinese Silvered Langur in Southwestern Vietnam

December 12 Dr. Rich Kay, Professor, Duke EvAnth Topic:  Biogeography in deep time – What do Phylogenetics, Geology, and Paleoclimate Tell Us About Early Platyrrhine Evolution?

In the News

Dr. Jenny Tung featured in Science Magazine.  Click here to read a great overview of the Amboseli Baboon Project. 

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Dr. Schmitt and the Duke Lemur Center featured in "Going Deep with David Rees" on the National Geographic Channel.  Also featured is Duke Alum, Dr. Jandy Hanna.  See clips here: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/going-deep-with-david-rees/videos/how-to-climb-a-tree/

First aired August 2014

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Research Center

Article (Published January 3, 2014): Reconstructing the New World Monkey Family Tree

Article (Published November 2013): Lemurs; neck bling tracks siestas, insomia


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Dr. Churchll & The Rising Star Expedition in the Cradle of Mankind, South Africa.

News Coverage of the expedition: http://www.nbcnews.com/science/dig-hominid-bones-begins-deep-cradle-humankind-2D11577467

and a live blog at National Geographic: