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


Session 43. From Old Monkeys to New Morphometrics: A Symposium Honoring the Scientific Contributions of Eric Delson. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Karen L. Baab Co-organizers: Stephen Frost, Anthropology, University of Oregon; Katerina Harvati, Paleoanthropology, Paleoanthropology, University of Tübingen ; Kieran P. McNulty, Anthropology, University of Minnesota

April 17, 2020 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Diamond 6 Add to calendar

Eric Delson’s prestigious career began in the early 1970’s and continues unabated with >250 publications. Eric is a quintessential New Yorker who spent nearly his entire career as a faculty member at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University New York, and as a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. Eric is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, former editor of the Journal of Human Evolution, and has served as the Secretary of the Paleoanthropology Society since 1999. Eric’s interests are primarily in primate paleontology - particularly cercopithecids - and paleoanthropology. His original fossil descriptions and morphological analyses shaped the basic evolutionary framework used to study Old World monkey evolution. His seminal text, Evolutionary History of the Primates, co-authored with Fred Szalay, had an unrivaled impact on our conceptualization of the primate fossil record, their evolutionary relationships and paleobiology. Eric helped introduce cladistic approaches to paleoanthropology in 1977; the subsequent impact of cladistics in our field has been far reaching. Yet, Eric’s own approach to systematics blends cladistic concepts with a more nuanced understanding of the adaptive significance of trait variation. Eric’s push, in collaboration with Leslie Marcus in the 1990’s, to bring high dimensional shape analysis and 3D imaging to biological anthropology questions further revolutionized our field, beginning with his (collaborative) description of the Sambungmacan 3 calvaria and leading to the development of the NYCEP Morphometrics Group and widely used Landmark Editor software. Eric was instrumental in the formation of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology, which boasts >100 alumni. Eric has always been generous with his time and expertise, mentoring more than 15 former and current PhD students and several post-docs, and developing numerous productive collaborations, including co-directing fieldwork at the Pliocene site of Senèze, France.

Discussants: Leslie Aiello, Alison Brooks and Cliff Jolly
1 Add to calendar The Contributions of Eric Delson before NYCEP. M. Elizabeth Strasser.
2 Add to calendar Contributions of high dimensional shape analysis to paleoanthropology. Karen L. Baab, Sarah E. Freidline, Katerina Harvati.
3 Add to calendar Another look at the funny bone: Humerus shape in extant Apes and fossil hominins. Martin Friess, Margherita Sbanchi.
4 Add to calendar Primate paleoenvironments of the Homa Peninsula, southwestern Kenya. Thomas W. Plummer, Peter W. Ditchfield, Elizabeth Whitfield, Scott Blumenthal, Emily G. Early, Fritz Hertel, Raquel Lamela Lopez, James S. Oliver, Rick Potts, Thomas Vincent, Stephen Frost, Laura C. Bishop.
5 Add to calendar Rodent stable isotopes provide new data on Miocene ape environments in the Siwaliks and the Vallès-Penedès Basin. Isaac Casanovas-Vilar, Yuri Kimura, Lawrence J. Flynn, David Pilbeam, Salvador Moyà-Solà, David M. Alba.
6 Add to calendar Re-evaluation of the affinities of the ?Dryopithecus wuduensis mandible. Kelsey D. Pugh, M. Kathleen Pitirri, Julia L. Arenson, Brian M. Shearer, Christopher C. Gilbert, Eric Delson.
7 Add to calendar Dosimetry and ESR Analyses at Senèze, France:  Dating Villafranchian Monkeys and Associated Fauna. Bonnie A.B. Blackwell, Eric Delson, Kieran P. McNulty, Terence D. Capellini, Joel I.B. Blickstein, Anne R. Skinner, Stephen R. Frost, Evelyne Debard, Martine Faure.
8 Add to calendar African Land Mammal Ages: Definition and inclusion of primate range data. John Van Couvering, Eric Delson.
9 Add to calendar New skeletons of Cercopithecus dryas and their implications for locomotor evolution and taxonomy within the guenon radiation. Christopher C. Gilbert, Julia L. Arenson, John A. Hart, Terese B. Hart, Kate M. Detwiler, Eric J. Sargis.
10 Add to calendar The postcranial morphology and inferred locomotor behavior of the early Pleistocene Eurasian cercopithecine Paradolichopithecus arevenensis. William E.H. Harcourt-Smith, Monya Anderson, Aileen Fernandez, Nelson Ting, Stephen Frost, Eric Delson.
11 Add to calendar Zygomaxillary shape variation in Southern African papionin monkeys. Justin W. Adams, Daniel E. Ehrlich, Michelle Singleton.
12 Add to calendar From hamadryas to humans: evolution and variation in catarrhine craniodental morphology. Natalie O'Shea, Dagmawit Abebe Getahun, Eric Mazelis, Claudia Astorino.
13 Add to calendar Craniodental correlates of feeding within Papio and the interpretation of hominin behavior. Larissa Swedell, Shahrina Chowdhury, Luke D. Fannin, David J. Daegling, W. Scott. McGraw.
14 Add to calendar A molecular phylogenetic analysis of papionins using Maximum Parsimony, Maximum Likelihood and Bayesian methods. Dagmawit Abebe Getahun, Ryan Raaum.
15 Add to calendar How Dr. Eric Delson Shaped Cladistic Analysis: Lessons from the Platyrrhines. Alfred L. Rosenberger.
16 Add to calendar Quantifying intraspecific variation in a Caribbean fossil primate. Lauren B. Halenar-price, Siobhán B. Cooke, Zachary S. Klukkert, Zana Sims, Juan Almonte, Phillip Lehman, Melissa Tallman.
17 Add to calendar Eulemur Nasal Cavity Variation across Latitude and Forest Type. Ciela A. Vega.
18 Add to calendar Old World monkeys, apes, and others. John G. Fleagle, Brenda Benefit, Ellen Miller.