The 89th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2020)


Session 12. Current Challenges in Morphometrics: Lost in High Dimensions? An Invited Session in Memory of Dennis E. Slice. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Katrin Schaefer Co-organizers: Philipp Mitteroecker, Dept. of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna, Austria; Katrin Schaefer, Dept. of Evolutionary Anthropology, University Vienna, Austria.

April 16, 2020 8 a.m. - noon, Diamond 10 Add to calendar

This symposium is a memorial to Dennis E. Slice, professor of scientific computing at Florida State University and honorary professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna (Austria), senior ambassador and enthusiastic teacher of geometric morphometrics (particularly in anthropology and forensics), and recipient of the fourth Rohlf Medal for Excellence in Morphometrics. Countless anthropological and forensic research projects have exploited his freely available Morpheus software, and without his tireless and selfless moderation of morphmet, the central online forum in morphometrics, the morphometric community would have evolved very differently. Our symposium will honor a specific thrust of Slice’s recent work by examining current advances that combine geometric morphometrics with 3D imaging technology in order to quantify complex morphologies at high resolution using hundreds or thousands of shape variables. But this gain in spatial resolution has a price: Multivariate analyses of these many variables are difficult to interpret and can be computationally challenging; the standard tools of multivariate statistics were not invented for such a vast excess of measurements over cases. The problem is particularly pressing in physical anthropology, especially paleoanthropology, where studies typically exploit many measurements upon small samples. It is just as challenging to relate such morphometric data to other data from biomechanics, behavior, or genomics, especially when those other data are highly multivariate also.

The symposium combines cutting-edge applications of high-resolution morphometrics in biological anthropology and its adjacent disciplines (track A) with novel approaches to the multivariate analysis and integration of high-resolution morphometrics with other complex bioscientific data structures (track B).

8:00AM Welcome address: Katrin Schaefer & James Rohlf
8:30AM Presentation of posters from track A (odd numbers)
9:30AM Presentation of posters from track B (even numbers)
10:30AM Discussion: Philipp Mitteroecker & Fred L. Bookstein
11:00AM Closing remarks in memory of Dennis E. Slice
1 Add to calendar The evolution of the human torso: 3D geometric morphometrics of thorax-pelvis integration and their applications to body shape reconstruction. Markus Bastir, Nicole Torres-Tamayo.
2 Add to calendar Biomechanical correlates of zygomaxillary surface shape in papionin monkeys. Michelle Singleton, Daniel E. Ehrlich, Justin W. Adams.
3 Add to calendar Exploring intraspecific variation in Old World monkeys. Sarah Elton.
4 Add to calendar Estimation of among-landmark covariances: not always, but sometimes. Theodore M. Cole III, Subhash R. Lele, Liangyuan Hu, Peter Solymos, Joan T. Richtsmeier.
5 Add to calendar More than twenty years of geometric morphometrics and the species conservation. A tribute to Dennis E. Slice. Anna Loy, Paolo Ciucci, Paolo Colangelo, Giulia Guidarelli, Carlo Meloro.
6 Add to calendar How aging smooths a surface: GMM of pelvic symphysis roughness. Guillermo Bravo Morante, Fred L. Bookstein, Katrin Schaefer, Inmaculada Alemán Aguilera, Miguel Botella López.
7 Add to calendar Geometric Morphometric Analysis of the dental remains from the Early Upper Paleolithic of Manot Cave, Israel. Rachel Sarig, Cinzia Fornai, Hila May, Omry Barzilai, Gerhard W. Weber.
8 Add to calendar A computational framework for estimating ancestry and adult age-at-death from shape measures of the pubic symphysis. Bridget FB. Algee-Hewitt, Jieun Kim.
9 Add to calendar Understanding hominid facial diversity using 3D geometric morphometrics and population genomics. Alfie Gleeson, Aida Andrés, Aida Gomez-Robles.
10 Add to calendar The ontogeny of endocranial shape asymmetry in humans and apes. Simon Neubauer, Philipp Gunz, Nadia A. Scott, Jean-Jacques Hublin, Philipp Mitteroecker.
11 Add to calendar Applied Geometric Morphometrics in Surgery Planning. Stefan Schlager, Marc Anton Füssinger, Mathieu Gass, Marc Metzger.
12 Add to calendar Phenotyping the brain, the face, and their genetic interaction over development. Neus Martínez-Abadías, Rubèn Gonzàlez, Alexandre Robert-Moreno, Jim Swoger, Susan M. Motch Perrine, Kazuhiko Kawasaki, Joan Richtsmeier, James Sharpe.
13 Add to calendar A comparative morphometric assessment of sexual dimorphism in the human sacrum. Viktoria A. Krenn, Cinzia Fornai, Nicole M. Webb, Martin Haeusler.
14 Add to calendar New Methods to Analyze Animal Vocalizations with Anthropological Applications. Stephen A. Townsend, Anke Meyer-Baese, Peter Beerli, Dennis E. Slice.
15 Add to calendar Extension and refinement of a landmark-free method for 3D shape analysis. Benjamin J. Pomidor.
16 Add to calendar Dynamic factor analysis as a dimension reduction technique for shape trajectory data. K. James Soda.
17 Add to calendar Digitizing typologies: A morphometric archive of lithics projectile point collections from Florida. Marcelina L. Nagales, Kathryn O. Miyar, Sam M. Wilford.
18 Add to calendar Geometric motion analysis: A development of Slice’s original invention. Paul O'higgins, Antonio Profico.
19 Add to calendar Morphometrics and the analysis of fragmentary remains: the case of the Megalopolis isolated upper M3. Carolin Röding, Julia Zastrow, Heike Scherf, Constantin Doukas, Katerina Harvati.