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Benjamin M. Auerbach

Benjamin M. Auerbach

Associate Professor


Research

Modern human morphological variation; multi-disciplinary analysis of the skeleton; quantitative evolutionary models of morphological evolution; ecogeographic variation in body size and proportions; New World human population history; climatic and subsistence interactions and effects on the skeleton; functional anatomy of limbs; anthropological phenomics; clinal modeling and population genetics


Education

  • Ph.D. 2007, Functional Anatomy & Evolution, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore
  • B.A. 2001, Anthropology (Criminology minor), Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • B.A. 2001, Comparative Religion, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Professional Service

Associate Editor, American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Associate Editor, Human Biology

Curator of the Small Primate Osteological Collection, Department of Anthropology


Publications

  • Auerbach BM, Gooding AF, Shaw CN & Sylvester AD. In review. The relative position of the human fibula to the tibia influences cross-sectional properties of the tibia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
  • Mallard AM, Savell KRR & Roseman CC. In review. Morphological integration of the human pelvis with respect to age and sex. Anatomical Record.
  • Savell KRR, Auerbach BM & Roseman CC. 2016. Constraint, natural selection, and the evolution of human body form. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 113:9498-9503.
  • Reeves NM, Auerbach BM & Sylvester AD. 2016. Fluctuating and directional asymmetry in the long bones of captive cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 160:41-51.
  • Trinkaus E, Holliday TW & Auerbach BM. 2014. Neandertal clavicle length. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111:4438-4442.

  • Auerbach BM. 2014. Morphologies from the edge: perspectives on biological variation among the late Holocene inhabitants of the northwestern North American Arctic. In Hilton CE, Auerbach BM & Cowgill LW (editors): The Foragers of Point Hope: The Biology and Archaeology of Humans on the Edge of the Alaskan Arctic. Cambridge University Press. pp. 235-265.
  • Hilton CE, Auerbach BM & Cowgill LW. 2014. Introduction: Humans on the edge of the Alaskan Arctic. In Hilton CE, Auerbach BM & Cowgill LW (editors): The Foragers of Point Hope: The Biology and Archaeology of Humans on the Edge of the Alaskan Arctic. Cambridge University Press. pp. 1-10.
  • Auerbach BM. 2014. Body mass, stature, and proportions. In Owsley DW & Jantz RL (editors): Kennewick Man: The Scientific Investigation of an Ancient American Skeleton. College Station, TX: Texas A&M Press. pp. 212-231.
  • Auerbach BM. 2012. Skeletal variation among early Holocene North American humans: implications for origins and diversity in the Americas. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 149:525-536.
  • Fatah EEA, Shirley NR, Mahfouz MR & Auerbach BM. 2012. A three-dimensional analysis of bilateral directional asymmetry in the human clavicle. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 149:547-559.
  • Ruff CB, Raxter MH & Auerbach BM. 2012. Comment on Bidmos and Manger, "New soft tissue correction factors for stature estimation: Results from magnetic resonance imaging" (For. Sci. Intl. 214 (2012) 212 e1-7). Forensic Science International 214:e1-7.
  • Cowgill LW, Eleazer CD, Auerbach BM, Temple DH & Okazaki K. 2012. Developmental variation in ecogeographic body proportions. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 148:557-570.
  • Auerbach BM. 2011. Methods for estimating missing human skeletal element osteometric dimensions employed in the revised fully technique for estimating stature. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 145:67–80.
  • Auerbach BM, and Sylvester AD. 2011. Allometry and apparent paradoxes in human limb proportions: Implications for scaling factors. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 144:382–391.
  • Auerbach BM. 2011. Reaching great heights: Changes in indigenous stature, body size and body shape with agricultural intensification in North America. In Pinhasi R & Stock JT (eds.): Human Bioarchaeology of the Transition to Agriculture. London: Wiley-Liss, pp. 203-233.
  • Auerbach BM (ed.) 2010. Human Variation in the New World: the integration of archaeology and biological anthropology.  Occasional Paper No. 38. Carbondale, IL: Center for Archaeological Investigations.
  • Auerbach BM. 2010. Finding common ground in the archaeology and biology of the Americas' past. In Auerbach BM (ed.): Human Variation in the New World: the integration of archaeology and biological anthropology. Carbondale, IL: Center for Archaeological Investigations, pp. 1-11.
  • Auerbach BM. 2010. Giants among us? Morphological variation and migration on the Great Plains. In Auerbach BM (ed.): Human Variation in the New World: the integration of archaeology and biological anthropology. Carbondale, IL: Center for Archaeological Investigations, pp. 172-214.
  • Auerbach BM & Ruff CB. 2010. Stature estimation formulae for indigenous North American populations. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 141:190-207.
  • Temple DH, Auerbach BM, Nakatsukasa M, & Larsen CS. 2008. Variation in body proportions between Jomon foragers and Yayoi agriculturalists from prehistoric Japan. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 137:164-174.
  • Auerbach BM & Raxter MH. 2008. Patterns of clavicular bilateral asymmetry in relation to the humerus: variation among humans. Journal of Human Evolution 54:663-674.
  • Auerbach BM & Ruff CB. 2006. Limb bone bilateral asymmetry: variability and commonality among modern humans. Journal of Human Evolution 50:203-218.
Benjamin M. Auerbach

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