Terry Harrison

Silver Professor of Anthropology ; Department Chair

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

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

Email:

Phone: 212-998-8557

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)

"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.
 
"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.
 
“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.

“Later Tertiary Lorisiformes”  Harrison, T. In Werdelin, L. Sanders, W.J. (Editors) Cenozoic Mammals of Africa, pp. 333-349.  Berkeley: University of California Press. 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.

“The anatomy and systematic position of a new species of early Miocene proconsulid from Meswa Bridge, Kenya.”   Harrison, T. Andrews, P. Journal of Human Evolution 56: 479-496. 2009

“Ecological implications of the relative rarity of fossil hominins at Laetoli.”  Su, D., Harrison, T. Journal of Human Evolution 55: 672-681. 2008.

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

Current News/Projects
Updated June 2014

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 currently 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. Other projects include a study of new fossil bushbabies from Woranso-Mille in Ethiopia (with Yohannes Haile-Selassie); a study of new Miocene and Plio-Pleistocene hominoids and pliopithecoids from China (with Pan Yuerong, Jin Changzhu, Wang Wei, Ji Xueping and Russell Ciochon); a new look at late Miocene Old World monkeys from the Siwalik Hills in Indo-Pakistan (with Eric Delson); and a review of the evolutionary history of hylobatids.

More information on my research projects and my latest publications are available at http://csho.as.nyu.edu/object/terryharrison.html

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