10th Annual Meeting of the Texas Association of Biological Anthropologists

The 2016 annual meeting with be held in the Glickman Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin on Friday and Saturday 18-19 November 2016. The program includes 16 podium and 15 poster presentations.  

Registration for the conference is open at the event starting Friday evening 18 November. Membership fees of $20 are collected at the event. At this time only cash and check payments are accepted. 

Podium presentations are limited to 15 minutes and posters dimensions should be 3'10" x 4' . Please consult the AAPA guidelines for preparing podium and poster presentations.

This year's keynote address entitled, "When Lucy Came Down From the Trees" will be delivered by University of Texas Department of Anthropology Professor John Kappelman.


Friday, November 18, 2016

5:00-6:00         Registration (Glickman Conference Center, First Floor of the CLA Building, Room CLA 1.302)

6:00-7:00         Keynote Address: John Kappelman, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, When Lucy came down from the trees. (Glickman Conference Center, RM CLA 1.302E)

7:00-8:00         Opening Reception

Saturday, November 19, 2016

8:45 - 9:15       Registration 

9:15-10:15       Podium Presentations (Session I)

10:15-10:30     Coffee Break

10:30-11:30     Podium Presentations (Session II)

11:30-1:30       Lunch Break

1:30-2:30         Business Meeting and Election of Officers

2:30-3:30         Podium Presentations (Session III)

3:30-3:45         Coffee Break

3:45-4:45         Podium Presentations (Session IV)

4:45-5:00         Coffee Break

5:00-6:00         Poster Presentations

6:00                 Social Gathering (Sholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd)



Friday, November 18, 2016

6:00 PM


JOHN KAPPELMAN, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

The Pliocene fossil “Lucy” was discovered in the Afar region of Ethiopia in 1974 and is among the oldest and most complete fossil hominin skeletons. Although her skeleton is marked by typical postmortem damage, there is a subset of perimortem breaks that appear to document high-energy bone-to-bone compressive fractures at several of the major joints.  We propose that the most likely cause of these fractures, and of her death, was a “vertical deceleration event,” or impact following a fall from considerable height. Lucy has been at the center of a vigorous debate about the role, if any, that arboreal locomotion played in early human evolution. It is therefore ironic that her death can likely be attributed to injuries resulting from a fall, probably out of a tall tree, thus offering unusual evidence for the presence of arborealism in this species.

John Kappelman is a Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Geological Sciences at University of Texas at Austin. His interests include the evolutionary history of primates and especially hominoid and hominin origins and evolution, with a research focus in paleoecology, functional morphology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, paleomagnetism, and computer imaging. He has conducted fieldwork across Africa and Asia, with current projects on the Middle Stone Age of northwestern Ethiopia, Oligo-Miocene monkeys and hominoids of West Turkana, Kenya, and the geological history of the Ethiopian Plateau. Kappelman and his team have developed several websites including eSkeletons.org, eFossils.org, eAnthro.org, and eLucy.org, and will launch a human osteology and forensics online course, eForensics.info, in 2017.  He directs the team studying the hires CT scans of the 3.2 million year old fossil “Lucy.”  Kappelman’s degrees include a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University, and an A.M. in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Earth and Planetary Sciences, both from Harvard University.  Kappelman is an avid bowhunter, and he (mostly) enjoys rebuilding old Land-Rovers.

More information on Dr. John Kappelman's work, including the full text from which this excerpt was taken, can be found at: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/anthropology/faculty/jwk5664.

Podium Abstracts

Developmental and biomechanical perspectives on vertebral intraspecific variation in hominoids

Liza Shapiro, Addison Kemp

Climate and the modern human nose: Reassessing the adaptive role of nasal projection

Scott Maddux, Lauren Butaric, Robert Franciscus

Healed Rib Fractures: A Micro-anatomical Assessment

Kate Hall

A comparison of measurements in analog and digital dissection

Justin Levy, Patrick Lewis, Adam Hartstone-Rose

Microbiome Succession within Bone Marrow during Human Decomposition

Nichole Ruble, Patrick Lewis, Aaron Lynne

A Method for Extracting and Utilizing Bone Marrow for Determination of Postmortem Interval

Nichole Ruble

Analysis of skeletal part proportions of mammalian microvertebrates taken by barn owls (Tyto alba) in southern Africa

Timothy Campbell, Zachary Pierce, Frank Senegas, Patrick Lewis

An Eocene Primate Frontal from the Devil’s Graveyard Formation, Texas

Chris Kirk, Amy Atwater, Chris Campisano, Sebastian Egberts, Ingrid Lundeen

Comparative Analysis of Male Reproductive Strategies in Genus Propithecus

Rebecca Lewis, Matthew Banks, Mitchell Irwin, Toni Lyn Morelli, Erik Patel, Josia Razafindramanana, Andrew Zamora, Patricia Wright

The role of forest expansion and contraction in species diversification among galagos (Primates: Galagidae).

Luca Pozzi

A molecular assessment of variation in primate entomophagy among closely related omnivorous guenons (Cercopithecus ascanius, C. mitis) inhabiting Kibale National Park, Uganda.

Martha Lyke, Anthony Di Fiore, Noah Fierer, Anne Madden, Joanna Lambert

Range expansion and observations of tool use by blond capuchins, Sapajus flavius (Schreber, 1774), in the Caatinga biome of Brazil

Amely Martins, Monica Valença-Montenegro, Marcos Fialho, Plautino Laroque, Anthony Di Fiore

Mating, paternity, and reproductive skew in wild white-bellied spider monkeys (Ateles belzebuth)

Anthony Di Fiore, Andrés Link

Who forages where? Predictors of within-group spatial position in wild vervet monkeys

Maryjka Blaszczyk, Anthony Di Fiore

Influences of sunrise and morning light on behavior of five sympatric New World primates (Alouatta, Ateles, Callicebus, Lagothrix, Pithecia)

Max Snodderly, Kelsey Ellis, Andrés Link, Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, Sara Alvarez, Laura Abondano, Anthony Di Fiore

After the iceberg: How anthropology can improve interdisciplinary discourse on climate change and counter denialism

Patrick Lewis, Ken Hendrickson

Poster Abstracts

Children's Health in Archaic Texas: A Paleopathological Analysis of Juvenile Remains

Lauren Georgiana Koutlias

Madagascar's lemur endangerment crisis; vulnerability for seed-dispersal services and consequences for carbon storage

Anecia Gentles, Ella Matsuda, Onja Razafindratsima, Amy Dunham

The passive mate guarding hypothesis and monomorphism in mammals

Rachel Voyt

Where do primatologists work?: Understanding the scope of primate studies

Allison McNamara, Michelle Bezanson

3D Morphometrics of the cercopithecoid distal humerus: implications for the reconstruction of paleohabitats

Emma Kristina Curtis

Meta-Analysis of Geometric Morphometrics in Anthropology

Kersten Bergstrom, Robert Z. (Zac) Selden Jr.

Using Microfauna to Reconstruct a Pleistocene Cave Site in Botswana

Zachary W. Pierce, Timothy L. Campbell, Patrick J. Lewis

All About That Acid: The Effects of Soil pH on the Diagenesis of Non-Human Bone.

Robyn Kramer

An Application of Geospatial Software to the Analysis of Commingled Human Remains

Samantha MJ Mitchell , Kate MW Hall , Patrick J. Lewis

An application of structure from motion to document the decomposition of hacking wounds

Connor D. Carlton, Samantha Mitchell, Patrick J. Lewis

The Use of the Pelvic Microbiome for PMI Estimation

Lauren Rudie, Meredith Mann

Bacterial Succession in Bone Marrow as a Potential Tool for Estimating Postmortem Interval

Christiana Tisara Fakhri, Laura Spoonire, Nichole Ruble

Measuring bacterial communities in the humerus to estimate PMI

Sarah Elizabeth Bivens, Eric David, Mary Nichole Ruble

Using Bacterial Communities From Human Femora To Determine Post Mortem Interval

Stephanie Anne Baker, Sarai N. Mesa, Mary N. Ruble

Operation Identification: An effort towards identiying migrant remains from South Texas

Courtney C. Siegert, Timothy P Gocha, Kate Spradley, Chloe P McDaneld