WALKER, ALAN / Anthropology / Researchers

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Anthropology / WALKER, ALAN



Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Biology, Department of Biology, Penn State University, U.S.A.

Research interests

Primate and human evolution
Dr. Walker endeavors to extract ancient behaviors from the fossil and taphonomic record. Teeth record information about an individual's life history and semicircular canals are tuned to a species' rapidity of locomotion. Walker is now developing nondestructive methods for examining tooth enamel and measuring fossil labyrinths so that rare hominoid and hominid specimens can be used. He is a research associate of the National Museum of Kenya and has had many collaborative field programs with the Museum, the latest being at Allia Bay, east Lake Turkana.

Prizes and awards

Fyssen Foundation 1998 International Prize
UK Rhône-Poulenc Science Book Prize


Ward, C.V., Leakey, M.G., Brown, B., Brown, F.H., Harris, J.H., and Walker A. , 1999. Early hominids from Turkwel, a site in northern Kenya. J. Hum. Evol. 36: 69-95..

Beynon, A.D., Dean, M.C., Leakey, M.G., Reid, D.J., and Walker, A. , 1998. Comparative dental development and microstructure of Proconsul teeth from rusinga Island Kenya.. J. Hum. Evol. 35: 163-209.

Leakey, M.G., Feibel, C.S., McDougall, I., Ward, C., and Walker A. , 1998. New specimens and confirmation of and early age for Australopithecus anamensis.. Nature 393: 62-66.

Leakey, M.G., P.S. Ungar, and A. Walker. , 1995. A new genus of large primate from the Lake Oligocene of Lothidok, Turkana District, Kenya. Journal of Human Evolution 28:519-531. .

Leakey, M.G., C.S. Feibel, I. McDougall, and A. Walker. , 1995. New four-million-year-old hominid species from Kanapoi and Allia Bay, Kenya. Nature 376:565-571. .

Walker, A., and R. Leakey, , 1993. The Nariokotome Homo erectus skeleton. Harvard University Press, Cambridge.

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