Susan Anton

Susan Antón

Professor of Anthropology; Department Chair; Director, MA program in Human Skeletal Biology; President-Elect, American Association of Physical Anthropologists; Center for the Study of Human Origins, NYU

PhD 1994, M.A., 1991, B.A., 1987, University of California, Berkeley.

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


Phone: 212-992-9786

Fax: 212-995-4014

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Research/Interest

Physical anthropology; skeletal biology; evolution of genus Homo; dispersal; evolutionary morphology; human osteology and anatomy; growth, development and life history patterns. Field programs in Asia and the Pacific.

Affiliated with other departments or programs

Director, MA program in Human Skeletal Biology; President-Elect, American Association of Physical Anthropologists; Center for the Study of Human Origins, NYU

Selected Publications

2014 Antón, S.C., Aiello, L.C., Potts, R. Evolution of Early Homo: An integrated biological perspective. Science. 1236828 [DOI:10.1126/science.1236828].

2013 Antón, S.C. Homo erectus and related taxa. In: A Companion to Paleoanthropology Begun, D.R., ed. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. (peer reviewed) pp.497-516.

2012 Antón, S.C. and Aiello, L.C., Editors. Human Biology and the Origin of Homo. Current Anthropology, Wenner-Gren Symposium Issue. 53(S6).

2012 Leakey, M.G., Spoor, F., Dean, M.C., Feibel, C.S., Antón, S.C., Kiarie, C. & Leakey, L.N. New fossils from Koobi Fora in northern Kenya confirm taxonomic diversity in early Homo. Nature. 488: 201–204. [DOI:10.1038/nature11322].

2012 Stanford, C.B., Allen, J.S. and Antón, S.C. Biological Anthropology, 3rd edition, Pearson. 

2011 Indriati E, Swisher CC III, Lepre C, Quinn RL, Suriyanto RA, et al. The Age of the 20 Meter Solo River Terrace, Java, Indonesia and the Survival of Homo erectus in Asia. PLoS ONE 6(6): e21562. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021562

2010 Stanford, C.B., Allen, J.S. and Antón, S.C. Exploring Biological Anthropology: the Essentials, 2nd edition. Prentice Hall.

2010 Indriati, E. and Antón, S.C., The calvaria of Sangiran 38, Sendangbusik, Sangiran Dome, Java. Homo: J. Comparative Human Biology.  2009 Stanford, C.B., Allen, J.S. and Antón, S.C. Introduction to Biological Anthropology: A Natural History of Humankind, 2nd edition. Prentice Hall.

2008 Indriati, E. and Antón, S.C., Earliest Indonesian facial and dental remains from Sangiran, Java: a description of Sangiran 27. Anthropological Science.  116:219-229. ONLINE ISSN:1348-8570

2008 Griffin, N., Gordon, A., Richmond, B., Antón, S.C.  Cross-sectional geometric analysis of a foot bone assemblage from Mangaia, Cook Islands. Homo:  Journal of Comparative Human Biology. 59:27-40.  (doi:10.1016/j.jchb.2006.08.008) 

2008 Antón, S.C.  Framing the Question: Diet and Evolution in early Homo. In: Primate Craniofacial Function and Biology:Papers in Honor of Bill Hylander.  Vinyard, C.J., Wall, C.E., and Ravosa, M.J., eds.   Springer Science. (peer reviewed) pp.443-482.

2007 Spoor, F., Leakey, M.G., Gathogo, P.N., Brown, F.H., Antón, S.C., McDougall, I., Kiarie, C., Manthi, F.K., and Leakey, L.G.  Implications of new early Homo fossils from Ileret, East Lake Turkana (Kenya).  Nature 448:688-691.

2007 Antón, S.C., Climatic influences on the evolution of Early Homo?  Folia Primatologica.  (Special Issue on Climate and Primate Evolution.  Christophe Soligo, ed.) 78:365-388 (DOI: 10.1159/000105150).

2007 Antón, S.C., Spoor F., Fellmann, C.D., and Swisher, C.C. III. Defining Homo erectus: Size Considered. In. Henke, Rothe and Tattersall (eds). Handbook of Paleoanthropology, Volume 3, Chapter 11. pp 1655-1693. Springer-Verlag, Berlin 

2003 Antón, S.C. A Natural History of H. erectus. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 46:126-170.

2003 Antón, S.C. and Steadman, D.W. Mortuary patterns in burial caves on Mangaia, Cook Islands. International J. Osteoarchaeology. 13:132-146.

Current News/Projects
Updated August 2014

In July, Drs. Leslie Aiello (Wenner Gren Foundation), Richard Potts (Smithsonian Institution) and I published Evolution of Early Homo: An integrated biological perspective in Science. The paper can be found in Science 4 July 2014: 1236828 [DOI:10.1126/science.1236828]. The paper builds on our collaborative work as well as my work with Meave Leakey's Koobi Fora Research Project In April, Josh Snodgrass (U. Oregon), Felicia Madimenos (CUNY), Emily Middleton (NYU) and I co-chaired an invited symposium in Calgary on the work of the “Bones and Behavior" group. A synopsis of the work done by the ‘Bones and Behavior Working Group’ and the protocols can be found at The symposium was part of the annual meetings of The American Association of Physical Anthropologists, for which I am President-Elect. For more information see The AAPA Committee on Diversity, which I co-chair with Agustin Fuentes, is having an active year of programming and grant writing. Information about C.O.D. is available at Members of the ninth class of the MA program, which I direct, graduated in the spring and summer of 2014. Six new students join the program in the Fall of 2014. See the program website at for more details about the program.

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