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

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 (2011): 156-168. Full Text

Williams, BA, Kay, RF, and Kirk, EC. "New perspectives on anthropoid origins." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107.11 (March 16, 2010): 4797-4804. 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 (2010): 567-573. 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 (2009): 165-166.

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


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