NYCEP Alumnus Profile

Eric Sargis

Professor of Anthropology Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Professor of Forestry & Environmental Studies Yale University Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Curator of Vertebrate Zoology (Mammalogy) Peabody Museum of Natural History

Education

B.S., Northern Illinois University Ph.D. 2000, City University of New York

Contact

Email:

Website: pantheon.yale.edu/~sje9/MEML/MEML.html

Tel: (203) 432-6140

Fax: (203) 432-3669

Overview of Research

My research interests include the functional morphology and phylogenetics of mammals.  I have studied the evolutionary morphology of several groups of extant and extinct mammals, such as primates and treeshrews (Scandentia). My dissertation research focused on the functional postcranial morphology of treeshrews (Scandentia) and their supraordinal relationships to primates and other archontan mammals.  I continue to work on their interordinal relationships with Drs. Jonathan Bloch, Mary Silcox, and Doug Boyer, and I have begun investigating their intraordinal relationships with Drs. Link Olson and Trina Roberts.

Publications

Sargis, EJ (accepted) Phylonyms: A Companion to the PhyloCode. Submitted Names: Scandentia, Pan-Scandentia.

Sargis, EJ, Woodman, N, Reese, AT, and Olson, LE (in press) Using hand proportions to test taxonomic boundaries within the Tupaia glis species complex (Scandentia, Tupaiidae). Journal of Mammalogy.

Chester, SGB, Sargis, EJ, Szalay, FS, Archibald, JD, and Averianov, AO (2012) Therian femora from the Late Cretaceous of Uzbekistan. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 57: 53-64.

Hart, JA, Detwiler, KM, Gilbert, CC, Burrell, AS, Fuller, JL, Emetshu, M, Hart, TB, Vosper, A, Sargis, EJ, Tosi, AJ (2012) Lesula: a new species of Cercopithecus monkey endemic to the Democratic Republic of Congo and implications for conservation of Congo's Central Basin. PLoS ONE 7: e44271.

Gilbert, CC, Stanley, WT, Olson, LE, Davenport, TRB, and Sargis, EJ (2011) Morphological systematics of the kipunji (Rungwecebus kipunji) and the ontogenetic development of phylogenetically informative characters in the Papionini. Journal of Human Evolution 60: 731-745.

Lyson, TR, Bercovici, A, Chester, SGB, Sargis, EJ, Pearson, D, Joyce, WG (2011) Dinosaur extinction: closing the “3 m gap.” Biology Letters 7: 925-928.

Roberts, TE, Lanier, HC, Sargis, EJ, and Olson, LE (2011) Molecular phylogeny of treeshrews (Mammalia: Scandentia) and the timescale of diversification in Southeast Asia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 60: 358-372.

Chester, SGB, Sargis, EJ, Szalay, FS, Archibald, JD, and Averianov, AO (2010) Mammalian distal humeri from the Late Cretaceous of Uzbekistan. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 55: 199-211.

Roberts, TE, Davenport, TRB, Hildebrandt, K, Jones, T, Stanley, WT, Sargis, EJ, and Olson, LE (2010) The biogeography of introgression in the critically endangered African monkey Rungwecebus kipunji. Biology Letters 6: 233-237.

Salton, JA, and Sargis, EJ (2009) Evolutionary morphology of the Tenrecoidea (Mammalia) hindlimb skeleton. Journal of Morphology 270: 367-387.

Roberts, TE, Sargis, EJ, and Olson, LE (2009) Networks, trees, and treeshrews: assessing support and identifying conflict with multiple loci and a problematic root. Systematic Biology 58: 257-270.

Sargis, EJ, and Dagosto, M, eds. (2008) Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology: A Tribute to Frederick S. Szalay, Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 439 pp.

Sargis, EJ, Terranova, CJ, and Gebo, DL (2008) Evolutionary morphology of the guenon postcranium and its taxonomic implications. In EJ Sargis and M Dagosto (eds.), Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology: A Tribute to Frederick S. Szalay, Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 361-372.

Olson, LE, Sargis, EJ, Stanley, WT, Hildebrandt, K, and Davenport, TRB (2008) Additional molecular evidence strongly supports the distinction between the recently described African primate Rungwecebus kipunji (Cercopithecidae, Papionini) and Lophocebus. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48: 789-794.

Salton, JA, and Sargis, EJ (2008a) Evolutionary morphology of the Tenrecoidea (Mammalia) carpal complex. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 93: 267-288.

Salton, JA, and Sargis, EJ (2008b) Evolutionary morphology of the Tenrecoidea (Mammalia) forelimb skeleton. In EJ Sargis and M Dagosto (eds.), Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology: A Tribute to Frederick S. Szalay, Springer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 51-71.

Sargis, EJ (2007) The postcranial morphology of Ptilocercus lowii (Scandentia, Tupaiidae) and its implications for primate supraordinal relationships. In MJ Ravosa and M Dagosto (eds.), Primate Origins: Adaptations and Evolution, Springer: New York, pp. 51-82.

Sargis, EJ, Boyer, DM, Bloch, JI, and Silcox, MT (2007) Evolution of pedal grasping in Primates. Journal of Human Evolution 53: 103-107.

Bloch, JI, Silcox, MT, Boyer, DM, and Sargis, EJ (2007) New Paleocene skeletons and the relationship of plesiadapiforms to crown-clade primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104: 1159-1164.

Silcox, MT, Boyer, DM, Bloch, JI, and Sargis, EJ (2007) Revisiting the adaptive origins of primates (again). Journal of Human Evolution 53: 321-324.

Silcox, MT, Sargis, EJ, Bloch, JI, and Boyer, DM (2007) Primate origins and supraordinal relationships: morphological evidence. In W Henke and I Tattersall (eds.), Handbook of Paleoanthropology, Vol. 2: Primate Evolution and Human Origins, Springer-Verlag: Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 831-859.

Davenport, TRB, Stanley, WT, Sargis, EJ, De Luca, DW, Mpunga, NE, Machaga, SJ, Olson, LE (2006) A new genus of African monkey, Rungwecebus: morphology, ecology and molecular phylogenetics. Science 312: 1378-1381.

Shockey, BJ, Salas, R, Quispe, R, Flores, A, Sargis, EJ, Acosta, J, Pino, A, Jarica, NJ, and Urbina, M (2006) Discovery of Deseadan fossils in the Upper Moquegua Formation (late Oligocene-?early Miocene) of southern Peru. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26: 205-208.

Szalay, FS, and Sargis, EJ (2006) Cretaceous therian tarsals and the metatherian-eutherian dichotomy. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 13: 171-210.

Olson, LE, Sargis, EJ, and Martin, RD (2005) Intraordinal phylogenetics of treeshrews (Mammalia: Scandentia) based on evidence from the mitochondrial 12S rRNA gene. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 35: 656-673.

Silcox, MT, Bloch, JI, Sargis, EJ, and Boyer, DM (2005) Euarchonta (Dermoptera, Scandentia, Primates). In KD Rose and JD Archibald (eds.), The Rise of Placental Mammals: Origins and Relationships of the Major Extant Clades, Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, MD, pp. 127-144.

Sargis, EJ (2004) New views on tree shrews: the role of tupaiids in primate supraordinal relationships. Evolutionary Anthropology 13: 56-66.

Olson, LE, Sargis, EJ, and Martin, RD (2004) Phylogenetic relationships among treeshrews (Scandentia): a review and critique of the morphological evidence. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 11: 49-71.

Sargis, EJ (2002a) Primate origins nailed. Science 298: 1564-1565.

Sargis, EJ (2002b) Functional morphology of the forelimb of tupaiids (Mammalia, Scandentia) and its phylogenetic implications. Journal of Morphology 253: 10-42.

Sargis, EJ (2002c) Functional morphology of the hindlimb of tupaiids (Mammalia, Scandentia) and its phylogenetic implications. Journal of Morphology 254: 149-185.

Sargis, EJ (2002d) The postcranial morphology of Ptilocercus lowii (Scandentia, Tupaiidae): an analysis of primatomorphan and volitantian characters. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 9: 137-160.

Sargis, EJ (2002e) A multivariate analysis of the postcranium of tree shrews (Scandentia, Tupaiidae) and its taxonomic implications. Mammalia 66: 579-598.

Sargis, EJ (2001a) A preliminary qualitative analysis of the axial skeleton of tupaiids (Mammalia, Scandentia): functional morphology and phylogenetic implications. Journal of Zoology, London 253: 473-483.

Sargis, EJ (2001b) The grasping behaviour, locomotion and substrate use of the tree shrews Tupaia minor and T. tana (Mammalia, Scandentia). Journal of Zoology, London 253: 485-490.

Szalay, FS, and Sargis, EJ (2001) Model-based analysis of postcranial osteology of marsupials from the Palaeocene of Itaboraí (Brazil) and the phylogenetics and biogeography of Metatheria. Geodiversitas 23: 139-302.

Delson, E, Terranova, CJ, Jungers, WL, Sargis, EJ, Jablonski, NG, and Dechow, PC (2000) Body mass in Cercopithecidae (Primates, Mammalia): Estimation and scaling in extinct and extant taxa. Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History 83: 1-159.

Sargis, EJ (1999) Tree Shrews. In R Singer (ed.), Encyclopedia of Paleontology, pp. 1286-1287, Fitzroy Dearborn: Chicago.

Stafford, BJ, and Sargis, EJ (1999) Bats. In R Singer (ed.), Encyclopedia of Paleontology, pp. 151-155, Fitzroy Dearborn: Chicago.

Gebo, DL, and Sargis, EJ (1994) Terrestrial adaptations in the postcranial skeletons of guenons. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 93: 341-371.