Blythe A. Williams

Blythe A. Williams

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

External address: 
0013 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383
Phone: 
(919) 660-7385

Overview

My research has focused on the evolutionary relationships (phylogenetics) and ecological adaptations of Primates from a paleontological perspective.  I’m also interested in the evolutionary history of human dance.  My current teaching includes Dance Science, Ethics in Evolutionary Anthropology, and Becoming Human.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder 1994

  • M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder 1989

  • B.A., Hamline University 1983

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Early Eocene Primates from Wyoming awarded by Duke University Arts and Sciences Council Committee on Faculty Research Grant (2014 to 2015)

Namely Muscles Performance and Workshop (Dance) awarded by Departments of Evolutionary Anthropology, Dance, Vice Provost of the Arts, Dean of Sciences (2014)

Collaborative research with Wadi Institute of Himalayan Geology awarded by Duke University Provost’s Office Fund (2011 to 2012)

Exploration for middle Cenozoic primates, Kutch District, Gujarat, western India awarded by L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Grant (2009 to 2010)

Research and coursework for “Dance Science” (anatomy and kinesiology of dance movement) awarded by Provost’s Common Fund, Duke University (2001 to 2002)

Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research (Overseas Cooperative Research) awarded by Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture (1999 to 2000)

Collection of fossils and cave sediments in Northwestern Botswana awarded by Planning Grant for International Research, Duke University (1995 to 1996)

Collection of Tertiary Quaternary vertebrate fossils in Northeastern Botswana awarded by Arts and Sciences Research Council Grant, Duke University (1994 to 1995)

Collection of Eocene fossils in the Washakie and Powder River Basins awarded by William H. Burt Fund, University of Colorado Museum (1993 to 1994)

Description of new North American omomyid primate fossils awarded by American Museum of Natural History Theodore Roosevelt Grant (1993)

Phylogenetic Analysis of the Eocene Primate Family Omomyidae awarded by Walker Van Riper Fund, University of Colorado Museum (1992 to 1993)

Dental Diversity in Primate Species: Applications for the Fossil Record awarded by University of Colorado, Graduate School Dean's Small Grant Award (1991 to 1992)

Micromammals at Jaw Heaven, Washakie Basin, Wyoming awarded by Walker Van Riper Fund, University of Colorado Museum (1990 to 1991)

Early Eocene Paleomammalogy in the Washakie Basin, Wyoming awarded by William H. Burt Fund, University of Colorado Museum (1989 to 1990)

Paleontological Excavations in the early Eocene deposits, Washakie Basin, Wyoming awarded by Walker Van Riper Fund, University of Colorado Museum (1988 to 1989)

Dental Enamel, Implications for Human Evolution awarded by Graduate School Foundation Fund, University of Colorado (1987 to 1988)

Perikymata on human incisors and hominid evolution awarded by Research Grant, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado (1987 to 1988)

Bhandari, A, Kay, RF, Williams, BA, Tiwari, BN, Bajpai, S, and Hieronymus, T. "First record of the Miocene hominoid Sivapithecus from Kutch, Gujarat state, western India." Plos One 13.11 (January 2018): e0206314-null. Full Text

Patnaik, R, Milankumar Sharma, K, Mohan, L, Williams, BA, Kay, RF, and Chatrath, P. "Additional Vertebrate Remains from the Early Miocene of Kutch, Gujarat." Special Publication of the Paleontological Society of India 5 (2014): 335-351. Open Access Copy

Williams, BA, Ross, CF, Frost, SR, Waddle, DM, Gabadirwe, M, and Brook, GA. "Fossil papio cranium from !Ncumtsa (Koanaka) Hills, western Ngamiland, Botswana." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 149.1 (September 2012): 1-17. Full Text

Williams, BA. "Effects of climate change on primate evolution in the Cenozoic(Accepted)." Nature Education (2012). (Academic Article)

Kirk, EC, and Williams, BA. "New adapiform primate of Old World affinities from the Devil's Graveyard Formation of Texas." Journal of Human Evolution 61.2 (August 2011): 156-168. Full Text

Williams, BA, Kay, RF, Kirk, EC, and Ross, CF. "Darwinius masillae is a strepsirrhine--a reply to Franzen et al. (2009)." Journal of Human Evolution 59.5 (November 2010): 567-573. Full Text Open Access Copy

Williams, BA, Kay, RF, and Kirk, EC. "New perspectives on anthropoid origins." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107.11 (March 8, 2010): 4797-4804. Full Text

Williams, BA, Kay, RF, and Kirk, EC. "New Perspectives on Anthropoid Origins." Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 107 (2010): 4794-4804. (Academic Article)

Kirk, EC, and Williams, BA. "Phylogenetic relationships of late Uintan primates from the Devil's Graveyard Formation, Texas." American Journal of Physical Anthropology (January 1, 2009): 165-166.

Pages

Pampush, JD, Morse, PE, Chester, SGB, Spradley, JP, Williams, BA, Glander, KE, Teaford, MF, and Kay, RF. "Dental Topography and Food Processing in Wild-Caught Costa Rican Alouatta." 87th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists (AAPA). April 11, 2018 - April 14, 2018. Austin, TX.: WILEY, April 1, 2018.

Kay, RF, and Williams, BA. "Are there any African Platyrrhines?." 86th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists (AAPA). April 19, 2017 - April 22, 2017. New Orleans, LA.: WILEY, April 1, 2017.

Yapuncich, GS, Williams, BA, and Boyer, DM. "Phenetic Affinities of Teilhardina (Primates, Omomyidae) from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming Reveal the First Known Occurrences of Teilhardina brandti Outside the Bighorn Basin." 86th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists (AAPA). April 19, 2017 - April 22, 2017. New Orleans, LA.: WILEY, April 1, 2017.

Spradley, JP, Williams, BA, and Kay, RF. "Environmental Variables Affecting Primate Species Richness in the Neotropics." 84th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists. March 25, 2015 - March 28, 2015. St Louis, MO.: WILEY-BLACKWELL, March 1, 2015.

Simons, EL, Ankel-Simons, F, Chatrath, PS, Kay, RS, Williams, B, Fleagle, JG, Gebo, DL, Beard, CK, Dawson, M, Tattersall, I, and Rose, KD. "Outrage at high price paid for a fossil." Nature 460.7254 (July 2009): 456-null. (Letter) Full Text