Marc Meyer

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Not to be confused with arts manager and curator Marc Mayer.

Marc R. Meyer is an archaeologist and anthropologist who is notable for his excavation of, and research into, the remains of fossil hominids such as Australopithecines and early genus Homo. He currently lectures at Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.


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Hawks, J. et al (Meyer, M.R.) (2017). New fossil remains of Homo naledi from the Lesedi Chamber, South Africa. eLife 6, e24232.

Meyer, M.R., Williams, S.A., Schmid, P., Churchill, S.E. & Berger, L.R. (2017) The cervical spine of Australopithecus sediba. Journal of Human Evolution 104, 32-49.

Meyer, M.R. & Williams, S.A. (2017) How did early hominins hold their heads? New evidence on head posture from the australopith cervical spine. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162, 286-287.

Bastir, M., García-Martínez, D., Williams, S., Meyer, M.R., et al.(2017) Geometric morphometrics of hominoid thoraces and its bearing for reconstructing the ribcage of H. naledi. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162, 111-112.

  • Berger, Lee R.; Tafforeau, Paul; Augustine, Tanya; Odes, Edward J.; Churchill, Steven E.; Smilg, Jacqueline S.; Meyer, Marc R.; Steyn, Maryna; Williams, Scott A.; Randolph-Quinney, Patrick S. (2016). "Osteogenic tumour in Australopithecus sediba: Earliest hominin evidence for neoplastic disease". South African Journal of Science. doi:10.17159/sajs.2016/20150470. 
  • Meyer, Marc R. (2016). "The Cervical Vertebrae of KSD-VP-1/1". The Postcranial Anatomy of Australopithecus afarensis. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology. pp. 63–111. ISBN 978-94-017-7427-7. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-7429-1_5. 
  • Haile-Selassie, Y.; Latimer, B.; Lovejoy, C.O.; Melillo, S.M.; Meyer, M.R. (2016). "Implications of KSD-VP-1/1 for early hominin paleobiology and insights into the last common ancestor (LCA)". In Haile-Selassie, Y.; Su, D. KSD-VP-1/1 Au afarensis from Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia: The Postcranial Anatomy of Australopithecus afarensis: New Insights from KSD-VP-1/1. Netherlands: Springer. pp. 179–87. ISBN 978-94-017-7429-1. doi:10.1007/978-94-017-7429-1_9. 
  • Meyer, Marc R.; Haeusler, Martin (2015). "Spinal cord evolution in early Homo". Journal of Human Evolution. 88: 43–53. PMID 26553817. doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2015.09.001. 
  • Berger, Lee R; Hawks, John; De Ruiter, Darryl J; Churchill, Steven E; Schmid, Peter; Delezene, Lucas K; Kivell, Tracy L; Garvin, Heather M; Williams, Scott A; Desilva, Jeremy M; Skinner, Matthew M; Musiba, Charles M; Cameron, Noel; Holliday, Trenton W; Harcourt-Smith, William; Ackermann, Rebecca R; Bastir, Markus; Bogin, Barry; Bolter, Debra; Brophy, Juliet; Cofran, Zachary D; Congdon, Kimberly A; Deane, Andrew S; Dembo, Mana; Drapeau, Michelle; Elliott, Marina C; Feuerriegel, Elen M; Garcia-Martinez, Daniel; Green, David J; et al. (2015). "Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homofrom the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa". ELife. 4. PMC 4559886Freely accessible. PMID 26354291. doi:10.7554/eLife.09560. 
  • Meyer, Marc R.; Williams, Scott A.; Smith, Michael P.; Sawyer, Gary J. (2015). "Lucy's back: Reassessment of fossils associated with the A.L. 288-1 vertebral column". Journal of Human Evolution. 85: 174–80. PMID 26058822. doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2015.05.007. 
  • Meyer, Marc R; Lewis, Jason E.; Fong, Michael; Holloway, Ralph L (January 2014). "Global patterns of human orbit size: Implications for Neandertals".  in "Abstracts - AAPA Presentations". American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 153: 64. 2014. doi:10.1002/ajpa.22488. 
  • 'Meyer, M.R'. (2012). “Functional anatomy of the thoracic vertebrae in early Homo." American Journal of Physical Anthrolopogy S(52): 214.[1]
  • Lewis, Jason E.; Degusta, David; Meyer, Marc R.; Monge, Janet M.; Mann, Alan E.; Holloway, Ralph L. (2011). "The Mismeasure of Science: Stephen Jay Gould versus Samuel George Morton on Skulls and Bias". PLoS Biology. 9 (6): e1001071. PMC 3110184Freely accessible. PMID 21666803. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001071. 
  • Shearer, B.M. and Meyer, M.R. (2011) Sexual dimorphism in the geometry of the distal humeral condyle. American Journal of Physical Anthropology S(46): 201.[2]
  • Meyer, M.R. (2008). "Skeletal indications for distance locomotion in early Homo erectus." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 135(S46): 155.[3]
  • Chang, M.L. and Meyer, M.R. (2007). "Functional morphology of the Neandertal nose: tracing the evolution of putative adaptive characters in a phylogenetic context." American Journal of Physical Anthropology S(44): 86.[4]
  • Meyer, M.R., D. Lordkipanidze, et al. (2006). "Language and empathy in Homo erectus: behaviors suggested by a modern spinal cord from Dmanisi, but not Nariokotome." PaleoAnthropology 2006(A): 20.[5]
  • Meyer, M.R., D. Lordkipanidze, et al. (2006). "The anatomical capacity for spoken language in Homo erectus." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 129(S42): 130.[6][7]
  • Meyer, M.R., M. Chang, et al. (2005). "Functional morphology of the Neandertal nose." PaleoAnthropology 2005: A17.
  • Van Arsdale, A. and Meyer, M.R. (2005). "Intraspecific variation in sexual dimorphism." American Journal of Physical Anthrolopogy 126(S40): 211.[8]
  • Meyer, M.R. (2005). Functional Biology of the Homo erectus axial Skeleton from Dmanisi, Georgia. Doctoral Dissertation in Anthropology. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania: 601.[9]
  • Van Arsdale, A. and Meyer, M.R (2004). "Patterns of sexual dimorphism in Homo." American Journal of Physical Anthrolopogy 123(S38): 199-200.[10]
  • Meyer, M.R., J. Blumenfeld, et al. (2004). "Geographic patterns of nasal morphology in Homo." American Journal of Physical Anthrolopogy 123(S38): 146-147.[11]
  • Meyer, M.R. (2003). "Vertebrae and language ability in early hominids." PaleoAnthropology 1: 20-21.[12]
  • Meyer, M.R. (2003) “The evolution of human brain size”. IRCS/CCN Brain and Language Series. Philadelphia Institute of Cognitive Science.
  • Monge, J.M. and Meyer, M.R. (2002) “A reassessment of human cranial volume using the 19th Century Morton Cranial Collection”. IRCS/CCN Brain & Language Series, University of Pennsylvania, Institute for Research in Cognitive Science & Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.


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