Terry Harrison

Silver Professor of Anthropology;

Ph.D. 1982, B.Sc. 1978, University College London

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


Phone: 212-998-8581

Fax: 212-995-4014

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Research/Interest

Human evolution; fossil apes and monkeys; functional morphology; paleobiology; primate comparative anatomy; allometry; taphonomy; paleoecology.

External Affiliations

Director - Center for the Study of Human Origins

Selected Publications

(Available digitally at https://nyu.academia.edu/TerryHarrison)

“Forelimb anatomy of the leporid Serengetilagus praecapensis from Laetoli, Tanzania: functional and taxonomic implications.” Winkler, A.J., Winkler, D.A., Harrison, T. Historical Biology 28: 252-263. 2016.

“A fourth mandible and associated dental remains of Gigantopithecus blacki from the Early Pleistocene Yanliang Cave, Fusui, Guangxi, South China.” Zhang, Y., Jin, C., Kono, R.T., Harrison, T., Wang, W. Historical Biology 28: 95-104. 2016.

“Evolutionary trend in dental size in Gigantopithecus blacki revisited.” Zhang, Y., Kono, R.T., Wang, W., Harrison, T., Takai, M., Ciochon, R.L., Jin, C. J. Human Evol. 83: 91- 100. 2015.

“Co-occurrence of pliopithecid and hominid primates in the fossil record: an ecometric analysis.” Sukselainen, L., Fortelius, M., Harrison, T. J. Human Evol. 84: 25-41. 2015.

“The taxonomic and phylogenetic affinities of Bunopithecus sericus, a fossil hylobatid from the Pleistocene of China.” Ortiz, A., Pilbrow, V., Villamil, C.I., Korsgaard, J.G., Bailey, S.E., Harrison, T. PLoS One e0131206: 1-17. 2015.

“The paleoecology of the Upper Laetolil Beds, Laetoli, Tanzania: A review and synthesis.” Su, D., Harrison, T. J. Afr. Earth Sci. 101: 405-419. 2015.

“Inferring the use of forelimb suspensory locomotion by extinct primate species via shape exploration of the ulna.” Rein, T.R., Harvati, K., Harrison, T. J. Human Evol. 78: 70-79. 2015.

“Possible change in dental morphology in Gigantopithecus blacki just prior to its extinction: Evidence from the upper premolar enamel-dentine junction”. Zhang, Y., Kono, R.T., Jin, C., Wang, W., Harrison, T. J. Human Evol. 75: 166-171. 2014.

“Chronological sequence of the early Pleistocene Gigantopithecus faunas from cave sites in the Chongzuo, Zuojiang River area, South China.” Jin, C., Wang, Y., Deng, C., Harrison, T., Qin, D., Pan, W., Zhang, Y., Zhu, M., Yan, Y. Quaternary International 354: 4-14. 2014.

“Fossil Pongo from the Early Pleistocene Gigantopithecus fauna of Chongzuo, Guangxi, southern China.” Harrison, T., Jin, C., Zhang, Y., Wang, Y., Zhu, M. Quaternary International 354: 59-67. 2014.

"Continuity of mammalian fauna over the last 200,000 y in the Indian subcontinent." Roberts, P., Delson, E., Miracle, P., Ditchfield, P., Roberts, R.G., Jacobs, Z., Blinkhorn, J., Ciochon, R.L., Fleagle, J.G., Frost, S.R., Gilbert, C.C., Gunnell, G.F., Harrison, T., Korisettar, R., Petraglia, M.D. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci USA 111: 5848-5853. 2014.

"Catarrhine origins." Harrison, T. In Begun, D. (Editor) A Companion to Paleoanthropology, pp. 376-396. 2013.

"Skeletal correlates of quadrupedalism and climbing in the anthropoid forelimb: Implications for inferring locomotion in Miocene catarrhines." Rein, T.R., Harrison, T., Zollikofer, C.P.E. J. Human Evol. 61: 564-574. 2011.

“The evolutionary context of the first hominins.” Wood, B., Harrison, T. Nature 470: 347-352. 2011.

“Laetoli revisited: Renewed palaeontological and geological investigations at localities on the Eyasi Plateau in northern Tanzania.” Harrison, T. In Harrison, T. (Editor) Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context. Volume 1: Geology, Geochronology, Paleoecology and Paleoenvironment, pp. 1-15. Dordrecht: Springer. 2011.

“Hominins from the Upper Laetolil and Upper Ndolanya Beds, Laetoli.” Harrison, T. In Harrison, T. (Editor) Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context. Volume 2: Fossil Hominins and the Associated Fauna, pp. 141-188. Dordrecht: Springer. 2011.

“Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli, Tanzania: Human Evolution in Context. Volume 1: Geology, Geochronology, Paleoecology and Paleoenvironment.” Harrison, T. (Editor) Dordrecht: Springer. 2011.

“Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli, Tanzania: Human Evolution in Context. Volume 2: Fossil Hominins and the Associated Fauna.” Harrison, T. (Editor) Dordrecht: Springer. 2011.

“Apes among the tangled branches of human origins.” Harrison, T. Science 327: 532-534. 2010.

"Dendropithecoidea, Proconsuloidea and Hominoidea.” Harrison, T. In Werdelin, L. Sanders, W.J. (Editors) Cenozoic Mammals of Africa, pp. 429-469. Berkeley: University of California Press. 2010.

Current News/Projects

Updated August 2016

My recent research has focused on the search for early hominins in East Africa and on the paleobiology and evolutionary history of fossil apes from Africa and Asia. I am continuing with my long-term paleoanthropological investigations in East Africa at the renowned fossil hominin site of Laetoli in northern Tanzania (co-directed with Dr. Amandus Kwekason of the National Museum of Tanzania). The main aims of the project are to recover additional remains of early hominins, and to learn more about their paleobiology, and paleoecology. Descriptions and analysis of newly discovered fossil hominins and cercopithecids from Laetoli are currently underway. I’m also working on several projects relating to Proconsul and other Miocene catarrhines from East Africa including a revision of the alpha-taxonomy of Proconsul and a reassessment of its phylogenetic relationships and paleobiology. In addition, I'm involved in several collaborative projects (with Pan Yuerong, Jin Changzhu, Zhang Yingqi, Wang Wei, Ji Xueping and Russell Ciochon) describing and analyzing new Miocene and Plio-Pleistocene hominoids and pliopithecoids from China, including Gigantopithecus and a new genus of fossil ape. Other recent and ongoing projects include a study of new fossil bushbabies from Woranso-Mille in Ethiopia (with Yohannes Haile-Selassie); new fossil apes from the Siwalik Hills of India (with Anek Sankhyan and Jay Kelley); a new look at late Miocene Old World monkeys from Indo- Pakistan (with Eric Delson); a review of the evolutionary history of hylobatids; fossil gibbons from the Pleistocene of China (with Zhang Yingqi, Jin Changzhu, Alejandra Ortiz and Catalina Villamil); and ancient proteins from fossil ostrich eggshells (with Beatrice Demarchi and Matthew Collins).

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