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
(919) 660-7385


I'm interested in the evolutionary relationships and ecological adaptations of primates, with particular focus on the initial diversification of the order Primates, the origin of the Anthropoidea, and the early hominoid radiation. I am also interested in the effects of climate change on the evolution of primates.

Degrees & Credentials

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

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

  • B.A., Hamline University 1983

Bajpai, S, Kay, RF, Williams, BA, Das, DP, Kapur, VV, and Tiwari, BN. "The oldest Asian record of Anthropoidea." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105.32 (2008): 11093-11098. Full Text

Williams, BA. "Comparing levels of homoplasy in the primate skeleton." J Hum Evol 52.5 (May 2007): 480-489. Full Text

Kay, RF, Vizcaino, S, Tauber, AA, Bargo, MS, Williams, BA, Luna, C, and Colbert, MW. "Three newly discovered skulls of Homunculus patagonicus support its position as a stem platyrrhine and establish its diurnal arboreal folivorous habits." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (2005): 127-127.

Ross, C, Williams, B, and Kay, RF. "Phylogenetic analysis of anthropoid relationships." Journal of Human Evolution 35.3 (1998): 221-306. Full Text

Sánchez-Villagra, MR, and Williams, BA. "Levels of homoplasy in the evolution of the mammalian skeleton." Journal of Mammalian Evolution 5.2 (1998): 113-126.

Bloch, JI, Fisher, DC, Gingerich, PD, Gunnell, GF, Simons, EL, and Uhen, MD. "Cladistic analysis and anthropoid origins." SCIENCE 278.5346 (December 19, 1997): 2134-2135. Full Text

Kay, RF, Ross, C, Williams, BA, and Johnson, D. "Cladistic analysis and anthropoid origins - Response." SCIENCE 278.5346 (December 19, 1997): 2135-2136.

Kay, RF, Ross, C, and Williams, BA. "Anthropoid origins." Science 275.5301 (February 7, 1997): 797-804. (Review)

Robinson, P, and Williams, BA. "Dental morphology of the early Eocene Hyopsodontid, Haplomylus, from the Powder River Basin, Wyoming." University of Wyoming Contributions to Geology 31.2 (1997). (Academic Article)

Kay, RF, Ross, CF, and Williams, BA. "Rethinking anthropoid origins." Science 275 (1997): 797-804. (Academic Article)