Douglas Martin Boyer

Douglas Martin Boyer

Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

External address: 
01A Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90383, 130 Science Drive, Durham NC 27708
919-668 3348


Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook 2009

Selected Grants

Collaborative Research: Digitization TCN: oVert: Open Exploration of Vertebrate Diversity in 3D awarded by University of Florida (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2021

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Encephalic Arterial Canals and their Functional Significance awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Descent Locomotion Behavior in Primates awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

Collaborative Research: Lagerstatten for Eocene Primates in North America awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017

Eocene-Oligocene primate evolution and climate change in the Fayum Depression, northern Egypt awarded by State University of New York - Stoney Brook (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016


Silcox, MT, Sargis, EJ, Bloch, JI, and Boyer, DM. "Primate origins and supraordinal relationships: Morphological evidence." Handbook of Paleoanthropology, Second Edition. January 1, 2015. 1053-1081. Full Text

Harrington, AR, Kuzawa, CW, and Boyer, DM. "Carotid foramen size in the human skull tracks developmental changes in cerebral blood flow and brain metabolism.(Accepted)" American Journal of Physical Anthropology 169.1 (May 2019): 161-169. Full Text

Shan, S, Kovalsky, SZ, Winchester, JM, Boyer, DM, and Daubechies, I. "ariaDNE: A robustly implemented algorithm for Dirichlet energy of the normal." Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10.4 (April 1, 2019): 541-552. Full Text

Morse, PE, Chester, SGB, Boyer, DM, Smith, T, Smith, R, Gigase, P, and Bloch, JI. "New fossils, systematics, and biogeography of the oldest known crown primate Teilhardina from the earliest Eocene of Asia, Europe, and North America." Journal of Human Evolution 128 (March 2019): 103-131. Full Text

Boyer, DM, Maiolino, SA, Holroyd, PA, Morse, PE, and Bloch, JI. "Oldest evidence for grooming claws in euprimates." Journal of Human Evolution 122 (September 2018): 1-22. Full Text

Gunnell, GF, Boyer, DM, Friscia, AR, Heritage, S, Manthi, FK, Miller, ER, Sallam, HM, Simmons, NB, Stevens, NJ, and Seiffert, ER. "Fossil lemurs from Egypt and Kenya suggest an African origin for Madagascar's aye-aye." Nature Communications 9.1 (August 21, 2018): 3193-null. Full Text

Seiffert, ER, Boyer, DM, Fleagle, JG, Gunnell, GF, Heesy, CP, Perry, JMG, and Sallam, HM. "New adapiform primate fossils from the late Eocene of Egypt." Historical Biology 30.1-2 (February 17, 2018): 204-226. Full Text

Boyer, DM, Toussaint, S, and Godinot, M. "Postcrania of the most primitive euprimate and implications for primate origins." Journal of Human Evolution 111 (October 2017): 202-215. Full Text


Lyu, I, Perdomo, J, Yapuncich, GS, Paniagua, B, Boyer, DM, and Styner, MA. "Group-wise Shape Correspondence of Variable and Complex Objects." March 2018. Full Text

Winchester, JM, Boyer, DM, St Clair, EM, Gosselin-Ildari, AD, Cooke, SB, and Ledogar, JA. "Dental topography of platyrrhines and prosimians: convergence and contrasts." January 2014. Full Text