Susan Antón

Professor Department of Anthropology New York University


B.A. 1987, University of California, Berkeley M.A. 1991 University of California, Berkeley Ph.D. 1994, University of California, Berkeley



Tel: (212) 992-9786

Overview of Research

My research considers the evolution of the genus Homo from 2.5 Ma to present. My main areas of interest in early Homo  are the relationship between size, scaling, environment and morphology; biological responses to resource variability; and evolution of the human developmental pattern. I am also particularly interested in the relationship between morphological and ecological variables and the early dispersal of genus Homo, as well as the potential ecological impacts of genus Homo on hominin-naïve ecosystems in Asia. These projects include African and Asian hominins and fieldwork in Indonesia.

In recent human evolution, I’ve focused on human influences on island ecosystems and the concomitant influences of resource scarcity on human biocultural systems. I address this work primarily on Mangaia, Cook Islands.

In an effort to to develop integrative approaches to research questions concerning human evolution and to increase our ability to link behavioral, biological, and skeletal data sets, we started the Bones and Behavior Working Group. More details about our group and our integrative measurement protocol for morphological and behavioral research can be found at the group website,


In press. Antón, S.C., DeLeon, V.B., and Carter-Menn, H.C. Modern human origins: continuity, replacement, and masticatory robusticity in Australasia. Journal of Human Evolution.

In press. Anderson, P.K. and Antón, S.C. Patterns of bone modification in archaeological sites on Mangaia, Cook Islands, Polynesia. In: P.V. Kirch and D.W. Steadman (eds.): Tangatatau (MAN-44): Human Impact in the Cook Islands. Archaeological Resource Facility, Reports, University of California, Berkeley.

2010. Stanford, C.B., Allen, J.S., and Antón, S.C. Exploring Biological Anthropology. 2nd edition. Pearson-Prentice Hall. (Published and available February 2009)

2009. Stanford, C.B., Allen, J.S., and Antón, S.C. Biological Anthropology. 2nd edition. Pearson-Prentice Hall.

2008. Antón, S.C. Framing the question: diet and evolution in early Homo. In: Vinyard, C.J., Wall, C.E., and Ravosa, M.J., eds. Primate Craniofacial Function and Biology: Papers in Honor of Bill Hylander. Chapter 20, pp. 443-482. Springer Science.

2008. Indriati, E. and Antón, S.C. Earliest Indonesian facial and dental remains from Sangiran, Java: a description of Sangiran 27. Anthropological Science 116:219-229.

2008. Spoor, F., Leakey, M.G., Antón, S.C., and Leakey, L.N. The taxonomic status of KNM-ER 42700: a reply to Baab (2008a). Journal of Human Evolution 55:747-750.

2008. Griffin, N., Gordon, A., Richmond, B., Antón, S.C. Cross-sectional geometric analysis of a foot bone assemblage from Mangaia, Cook Islands. Homo: Journal of Comparative Human Biology 59:27-40.

2008. Stanford, C.B., Allen, J.S. and Antón, S.C. Exploring Biological Anthropology: The Essentials. Pearson-Prentice Hall.

2007. Spoor, F., Leakey, M.G., Gathogo, P.N., Brown, F.H., Antón, S.C., McDougall, I., Kiarie, C., Manthi, F.K., and Leakey, L.G. Implications of new early Homo fossils from Ileret, East Lake Turkana (Kenya). Nature 448:688-691.

2007. Antón, S.C. Climatic influences on the evolution of early Homo? Folia Primatologica (Special Issue on Climate and Primate Evolution. Christophe Soligo, ed.) 78:365-388

2007. Clark, J., Dobson, S., Antón, S.C., Hawks, J., Hunley, K., and Wolpoff, M.H. Identifying artificially deformed crania. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 17(6):596-607

2007. Antón, S.C., Spoor F., Fellmann, C.D., and Swisher, C.C. III. Defining Homo erectus: size considered. In: Henke, Rothe and Tattersall (eds). Handbook of Paleoanthropology, Volume 3, Chapter 11; pp. 1655-1693. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.

2006. Stanford, C.B., Allen, J.S. and Antón, S.C. Introduction to Biological Anthropology: A Natural History of Humankind. Prentice Hall.

2004. Antón, S.C. and Swisher, C.C. III. Early dispersals of Homo from Africa. Annual Review of Anthropology 33:271-296.

2003. Antón, S.C. A Natural History of H. erectus. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 46:126-170.

2003. Antón, S.C. and Steadman, D.W. Mortuary patterns in burial caves on Mangaia, Cook Islands. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 13:132-146.

2002. Antón, S.C., Leonard, W.R. and Robertson, M. An ecomorphological model of the initial hominid dispersal from Africa. Journal of Human Evolution 43:773-785.