NYCEP Alumnus Profile

Thomas Rein

Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology Central Connecticut State University


B.A. 2003, Columbia University M.A. 2006, New York University Ph.D. 2010, New York University



Overview of Research

My current research focuses on primate locomotion and the fossil record. I am interested in using three-dimensional geometric morphometrics to identify the most reliable morphological indicators of locomotor function in the forelimb and hindlimb. A clearer understanding of the compromise between phylogenetic heritage and the responsiveness of postcranial elements to selective pressures related to locomotion can be useful when inferring the locomotor behavior of fossil taxa including early hominins such as Australopithecus afarensis. My broader research interests include paleontology, primate positional behavior, comparative primate morphology, the functional morphology of the cheiridia, early hominin evolution, and the rise of bipedalism.


T.R. Rein, T. Harrison. 2007. “Quantifying the angle of orientation of the metatarsophalangeal joint surface of proximal phalanges in extant primates.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 132 (S 44): 197. [abstract]

Chet C. Sherwood, Michael R. Cranfield, Patrick T. Mehlman, Alecia A Lilly, Jode Garbe, Chris Whittier, Felicia Nutter, Thomas R. Rein, Harlan J. Bruner, Ralph L. Holloway, Cheuk. Y. Tang, Thomas P. Naidich, Bradley N. Delman, Horst Dieter Steklis, Joseph M. Erwin and Patrick R. Hof. 2004. “Brain Structure Variation in Great Apes, With Attention to the Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei).” American Journal of Primatology. 63 (3): 49-164

C.C. Sherwood; R. Cranfield; P.T. Mehlman; A.A. Lilly; J. Garbe; L.J. Lowenstine; T.R. Rein; R.L. Holloway; C.Y. Tang; J.M. Erwim; C. Whittier; F. Nutter; and P.R. Hof. 2003. “Comparative Brain Anatomy of Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei).” American Journal of Primatology. 60 (S1): 121-122. [abstract]