This symposium brings together experts in both the field of morphometrics and that of physical anthropology to carry on the work begun over a decade ago, at the 2002 AAPA special session, Modern Morphometrics in Physical Anthropology. We argue that there continues to be a great and immediate need to develop new techniques and to make steady improvements upon our preexisting methods in order to resolve the complex biological questions that are emerging within the present data‐driven, genomic, and computationally intensive age. The mathematically tractable, highly adaptable, and efficient methods of geometric morphometrics are playing a critical role in ongoing efforts toincrease our explanatory power. The goal of this symposium is to reflect upon the current state of the art: to present the latest theoretical advancements and methodological improvements, to highlight the key innovations in scholarship, and to demonstrate how the synergy between these two fields can continue to open up new avenues of research of interest to theoreticians and practitioners alike. The topics of discussion will cover such diverse areas as primatology, paleoanthropology, biological and forensic anthropology, while also adopting a variety of methodological perspectives and addressing the utility of these approaches to many different research ends.
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing this year of Robert R. Sokal, who contributed much tobiostatistics, systematics, anthropology, morphometrics, and many other fields. It is to his memory that this symposium is dedicated.
|1||Modern Morphometrics 101. Dennis E. Slice.|
|2||After semilandmarks. Fred L. Bookstein.|
|3||How to measure phenotypic variation in human development and evolution?. Philipp Mitteroecker.|
|4||The mechanistic basis for phenotypic variation: an emerging frontier in evolutionary developmental biology. Heather A. Jamniczky, Washington Mio, Nathan M. Young, Ralph S. Marcucio, Benedikt Hallgrimsson.|
|5||Morphometrics in forensic science: steps towards the development of population specific standards. Charles E. Oxnard, Daniel Franklin, Andrea Cardini, Paul O'Higgins.|
|6||Craniofacial variation among American, African and Diaspora populations. Ann H. Ross, Erin Kimmerle.|
|7||Crania, coordinates, and clusters: testing a finite mixture modeling approach for the detection of population structure in modern America using high-dimensional data. Bridget FB. Algee-Hewitt.|
|8||Modern human phenotypic variation: Exploring patterns of differentiation within and between continents. Mark Hubbe, Danilo V. Bernardo, Tatiana F. Almeida, Tsuheniko Hanihara, Katerina Hanihara.|
|9||Applying Anthropological Shape Analysis Techniques to Archaeological Research: Overcoming Problems and Exploring Possibilities. Una S. Vidarsdottir, Kimberly Plomp, Charlotte King, Joseph Owen.|
|10||Quantitative genetic variation and selection on skull shape in humans. Neus Martínez-Abadías, Mireia Esparza, Torstein Sjøvold, Miquel Hernández, Christian Peter. Klingenberg.|
|11||Quantitative Genetic Analysis of Morphometric Data: Challenges and Considerations. Richard J. Sherwood, Kieran P. McNulty, Dana L. Duren.|
|12||Use of geometric data in human factors and ergonomic applications. Brian Corner, Matt Reed, Jeff Hudson, Greg Zehner.|
|13||A man’s face reveals his body height: A GMM approach to ontogenetic and static allometry . Katrin Schaefer, Sonja Windhager, Dennis E. Slice, Philipp Mitteroecker.|
|14||Integrating geometric morphometrics and biomechanics. Amanda L. Smith, David S. Strait.|