Geometric morphometrics and virtual anthropology: advances in human evolutionary studies

Thomas R Rein, Katerina Harvati
Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht über die Biologisch-anthropologische Literatur 2014, 71 (1-2): 41-55
Geometric morphometric methods have been increasingly used in paleoanthropology in the last two decades, lending greater power to the analysis and interpretation of the human fossil record. More recently the advent of the wide use of computed tomography and surface scanning, implemented in combination with geometric morphometrics (GM), characterizes a new approach, termed Virtual Anthropology (VA). These methodological advances have led to a number of developments in human evolutionary studies. We present some recent examples of GM and VA related research in human evolution with an emphasis on work conducted at the University of Tübingen and other German research institutions.

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