Shara Bailey

Shara Bailey

Associate Professor of Anthropology; Faculty Director Women in Science Initiative

Ph.D., 2002, M.A., 1995, B.A., 1992, Arizona State University, Tempe

Office Address: Rufus D. Smith Hall 25 Waverly Place New York, NY 10003


Phone: 212-998-8550

Fax: 212-995-4014

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Research/Interest

Physical anthropology; paleoanthropology; dental morphology and morphometrics; Middle-Late Pleistocene hominins; Neandertals; modern human origins; Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution; Europe; Africa.

Affiliated with other departments or programs

Faculty Director Women in Science Initiative

External Affiliations

Center for the Study of Human Origins
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany,

Selected Publications

Bailey SE, Skinner MS, Hublin J-J (in press) What lies beneath? An evaluation of the mid-trigonid crest dental trait based on both dentine and enamel expression.  Am J Phys Anthropol

Bailey SE and Hublin, J-J. 2013. What does it mean to be dentally ‘modern’?  In Scott  G and Irish J (eds.) Anthropological Perspectives on Tooth Morphology: Genetics, Evolution, Variation. Cambridge University Press.

Bailey SE, Weaver TD and Hublin J-J. 2009. Who made the Aurignacian and other early Upper Paleolithic industries?  J Hum Evol 57: 11-26

Quam R, Bailey SE, and Wood BA. 2009. Evolution of M1 crown size and cusp proportions in the genus Homo J Anat. 214: 655-670.

Bailey SE and Hublin J-J. 2006. Dental remains from Grotte du Renne at Arcy-sur-Cure (Yonne). J Hum Evol. 50: 485-508.

Bailey SE. 2006. Beyond shovel shaped incisors: Neandertal dental morphology in a comparative context. Period Biol. 108: 253-267.

Bailey SE and Lynch J. 2005. Diagnostic differences in mandibular P4 shape between Neandertals and anatomically modern humans: A new character for use in phylogenetic analyses? Am J Phys Anthropol. 126: 268-277.

Bailey SE. 2004. A morphometric analysis of maxillary molar crowns of Middle-Late Pleistocene hominins. J Hum Evol. 47: 183-198.

Bailey SE, Pilbrow VC, Wood BA. 2004. Interobserver error in independent attempts to measure cusp base areas of Pan M1s. J Anat. 205: 323-331.

Bailey SE. 2002. A closer look at Neanderthal postcanine dental morphology. I. The mandibular dentition. New Anat. 269:148-156.

Current News/Projects
Updated November 2012

Twenty-twelve has been a year for writing up results from my Leakey funded project on deciduous dental morphology.  In May I visited the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig to analyze 3D scans of new Neandertal and Upper Paleolithic specimens and to work on future collaborations.   Based on this and previous research, we now have very interesting results on the correlation between the deciduous second molar and the first permanent molar in both crown shape and surface morphology.  We also have a better idea of how tooth shape of the deciduous molars can be used to differentiate among taxa.  This has helped to assign unknown or questionable specimens to a known taxonomic group.  Look for upcoming publications in 2013!
As 2012 winds down I am looking forward to my sabbatical in Spring 2013. I will be visiting various collections in the US to collect data as part of a LSB Leakey funded project on great ape dental variation (with Varsha Pilbrow, NYU Alum).   When not traveling, I will be writing a book on hominin dental morphology and putting together a grant proposal to examine the “evolution of childhood” (from a dental perspective).  Although I will not be teaching, my lab will still be running and volunteers will continue to scan in 3D the Daris Swindler Primate Dental Cast collection.

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