• 117 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
20092021
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Compared to most primates, including fossil humans such as Neanderthals, humans living today possess extraordinarily flat faces. In fact, our “orthognathic” face is so distinctive, it’s one of the primary features used to identify our species, Homo sapiens. However, while universally recognized as a defining feature of our species, there is no consensus among scientists as to why we evolved such flat faces.
My lab employs cutting-edge technologies and innovating experimental modeling to investigate this question. Currently, we are using medical imaging (e.g., CT, MRI, laser scanning) and 3D modeling methods to better understand the role climate has played in shaping facial anatomy and thermoregulatory function in humans from around the globe. Additionally, we are collaborating with scientists in Russia to study anatomical and hormonal changes in the domesticated fox, which has shown reductions in facial length as a consequence of experimental selection for less aggressive behavior.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Anthropology, University of Iowa

MA in Anthropology, University of Iowa

BA in Anthropology, Texas A & M University

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Projects 2019 2021

Research Output 2009 2019

  • 117 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 12 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Comment/debate

Climatic adaptation in human inferior nasal turbinate morphology: Evidence from Arctic and equatorial populations

Marks, T. N., Maddux, S. D., Butaric, L. N. & Franciscus, R. G., 1 Jul 2019, In : American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 169, 3, p. 498-512 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Turbinates
Arctic
Nose
Population
evidence
2 Citations (Scopus)

Three-dimensional anatomy of the anthropoid bony pelvis

Ward, C. V., Maddux, S. D. & Middleton, E. R., 1 May 2018, In : American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 166, 1, p. 3-25 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Pelvis
Haplorhini
Anatomy
Hominidae
Torso
12 Citations (Scopus)

Ecogeographic variation across morphofunctional units of the human nose

Maddux, S. D., Butaric, L. N., Yokley, T. R. & Franciscus, R. G., 1 Jan 2017, In : American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 162, 1, p. 103-119 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Nose
climate
heat
Climate
Arctic
7 Citations (Scopus)

Zygomaticomaxillary Morphology and Maxillary Sinus Form and Function: How Spatial Constraints Influence Pneumatization Patterns among Modern Humans

Maddux, S. D. & Butaric, L. N., 1 Jan 2017, In : Anatomical Record. 300, 1, p. 209-225 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Maxillary Sinus
Nasal Cavity
sinuses
cavity
cranium
9 Citations (Scopus)

Absolute humidity and the human nose: A reanalysis of climate zones and their influence on nasal form and function

Maddux, S. D., Yokley, T. R., Svoma, B. M. & Franciscus, R. G., 1 Oct 2016, In : American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 161, 2, p. 309-320 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Humidity
Climate
Nose
climate
physiology