Tara Peburn

Lecturer in Anatomy Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences University of Missouri


B.A., University of Florida M.Phil., City University of New York



Tel: (573) 882-1205

Overview of Research

My main area of interest is the impact of ecology, growth/development and behavior on structural and functional variation in primate/human cranial morphology. My research specifically examines the cranial architecture of the Papionini (macaques, mangabeys, baboons and mandrills/drills), a tribe of Old World monkeys that exhibits several instances of parallel evolution and diversity in geography, ecology and behavioral adaptations as well as a high degree of sexual dimorphism. I use three-dimensional geometric morphometrics and CT-scanning technology to understand shape variation within and among cranial regions/complexes to tease apart the effects of phylogeny, homoplasy, diet, sex, allometry and ontogeny on taxonomic differences and to ultimately understand the structural constraints on the cranium.


TA Peburn  (2009) Mosaic macaque morphology and its implications for the evolution of African papionin crania [abstract] Amer. J. phys. Anthrop. 138 S48: 292.

TA Peburn and M Singleton (2008) An investigation of the internal midsagittal cranial morphology in African papionins [abstract] Amer. J. phys. Anthrop. 135 S46: 169.

TA Peburn (2007) The ins and outs of mangabeys: An examination of internal versus external basicranial and facial architecture [abstract] Amer. J. phys. Anthrop. 132 S44: 185-186.

TA Peburn, KA Sheridan, NM Kheck, PR Hof, J Gasdogas, J Erwin and PJ Gannon (2000) Differences in the brainstem facial motor nucleus in Erythrocebus patas and Macaca fascicularis: A qualitative and morphometric analysis. [abstract] Amer. J. phys. Anthrop. 111 S30:247.