Timothy D Weaver
University of California
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616, USA
I graduated from Dartmouth College in 1995, where I completed a double major in Computer Science and Earth Sciences with a thesis on computer visualization of fossils. After college, I worked for a year as a computer programmer at Oracle Corporation before starting graduate school in Anthropology at Stanford University. I finished my Ph.D. in 2002 with a thesis on the evolution of human hip (pelvis and femur) anatomy. I lectured for a year at Stanford, before moving to a one-year post-doctoral position in the Zoology Department at the University of Wisconsin, where I studied the energetics of human walking and running. I then went to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany for a two-year post-doctoral position to work on the evolution of Neandertals. I joined the UCD Anthropology department in 2006.
I study human evolution, with a focus on the emergence, evolution, and disappearance of Neandertals, and the related question of the origins of humans who were anatomically and behaviorally modern (like ourselves). Currently, my research focuses on two topics: 1) quantitative modeling of the evolution of differences in cranial morphology between Neandertals and modern humans; and 2) separating the influences of cold-climate adaptation, obstetrics, biomechanical and energetic constraints, and habitual activity levels on the anatomy of the Neandertal hip. Through my research into the evolution of hip anatomy, I am also interested in the origins of bipedal walking and running and the relationships between obstetrics, brain size, and life history patterns.
Answering different questions often requires different methods and datasets, so in my work I use multiple approaches, including 3-D geometric morphometrics, interactive computer visualization, biomechanics, energetics, and theoretical models from quantitative and population genetics.
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