• 141 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
20092019

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Personal profile

Area of Expertise

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

BA in Anthropology, Texas A & M University

MA in Anthropology, University of Iowa

PhD in Anthropology, University of Iowa

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Research Output

  • 141 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 13 Article
  • 1 Chapter

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., Jul 2019, In : American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 169, 3, p. 498-512 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Three-dimensional anatomy of the anthropoid bony pelvis

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Scopus citations

    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 journalArticle

  • 14 Scopus citations
  • 10 Scopus citations

    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 journalArticle

  • 10 Scopus citations