About Us

Teeth are used to make paleontological¬†inferences, contribute to forensic death investigations, and are a critical data source on the lives of ancient peoples. We are interested in how teeth can be used to inform biological relatedness in past populations when DNA is¬†not available due to poor preservation or restrictions on destructive sampling. To accomplish this we need a better understanding of how genes and the environment interact during the course of development to produce a tooth’s final form. Large databases of related individuals are needed to explore these topics within a quantitative genetic framework. The data provided here can be used for a number of different analyses that complement approaches based in evolutionary developmental biology.

 

Our Goals

1

To generate 3D dental scans from human populations from around the world.

2

To provide research infrastructure for students and professionals working on human dentition.

3

To understand the evolutionary basis of human dental variation.

Our Team

  • Chris Stojanowski

    Christopher M. Stojanowski

    Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

    A bioarchaeologist who works in North America and North Africa.

  • Duncan Williams

    William N. Duncan

    Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, East Tennessee State University

    A bioarchaeologist who works in Mesoamerica.

  • John Femiani

    Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Miami University

    A computer scientist that specializes in computer graphics, pattern recognition, and image processing.

  • Chia-Yuan Chuang

    Chia-Yuan Chuang

    PhD candidate, Ira Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University

    A computer scientist that specializes in computer graphics, computer visualization, and cognitive science.

  • Kathleen Paul

    Kathleen Paul

    PhD candidate, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

    A bioarchaeologist who specializes in the study of deciduous dentition.

Funding Sources

Those that have assisted with funding:

  • National Science Foundation BCS-1063942 to CM Stojanowski, WN Duncan, J Femiani, GR Scott
  • Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences NS-SS-GRG; CL201415.205 to CM Stojanowski

How to Cite

Information forthcoming.