Michelle Singleton, Ph.D

Professor


Midwestern University
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
Department of Anatomy
Science Hall 542-M
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515 

Office: (630) 515-6137
e-mail: msingl@midwestern.edu
Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/primatologistmichellesingleton/en

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Biological Anthropology Washington University in St. Louis
M.A. Biological Anthropology Washington University in St. Louis
B.A. Anthropology/Music Duke University

RESEARCH SUMMARY

Primate Craniofacial Evolution and Development
Knowledge gained by studying extant primates aids interpretation of cranial shape differences in the human fossil record and improves our understanding of the origins of modern primate cranial diversity. My research focuses on the Old World monkey tribe Papionini, a diverse primate radiation whose complex evolutionary history allows me to test hypotheses concerning developmental, functional, and evolutionary influences on primate craniofacial form.

Craniofacial Shape Variation. The evolutionary history of papionin primates is characterized by independent evolution of similar facial forms in different lineages due to natural selection on attributes such as facial biomechanics and body size. I am working to identify influences on facial variation and evaluate the functional capabilities of different facial shapes using current biomechanical models of mammalian jaw function.

Postnatal Cranial Development. This research compares patterns of cranial development within and across primate genera to explore the developmental bases of morphological differences. My goal is to understand the contribution of postnatal development to adult cranial morphology and the relationship between developmental differences and factors such as body size.

Recent Publications

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