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William Kimbel

Bio

Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Director, Institute of Human Origins

SHESC Theme: Human Origins, Evolution and Diversity

Field Specializations: Early Human Evolution and Paleobiology

Regional Focus: Africa (East, North, Southern)

Education

Ph.D., Kent State University

Bio

Research:
Kimbel is director of the Institute of Human Origins. He conducts field, laboratory and theoretical research in paleoanthropology, with a primary focus on Plio-Pleistocene hominid evolution in Africa. He has undertaken field and/or laboratory research in Ethiopia (Hadar) and Tanzania (Olduvai Gorge), as well as in Kenya, South Africa and Tunisia. He also has research interests in Late Pleistocene hominid evolution and has collaborated with Israeli colleagues in excavations in the Middle Paleolithic Neandertal-bearing cave of Amud.

On the theoretical side, Kimbel is interested in the application of evolutionary and systematic theory to paleoanthropological problems. He served as joint editor of the Journal of Human Evolution from 2003 to 2008.

Publications

Kimbel, W.H. and Rak, Y. (2010). The cranial base of Australopithecus afarensis: new insights from the female skull.  Trans Royal Phil Soc Ser B, in press.

Kimbel, W.H. and Delezene, L.   (2009).  “Lucy” redux: A review of research on Australopithecus afarensis.  Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, 52: 2-48.

Kimbel, W.H.  ( 2009). The origin of Homo.  In: Grine, F., Leakey, R. and Fleagle, eds.  The First Humans: Origins of the Genus Homo.  Springer, pp. 31-37.

Kimbel, W. H. (2007). The species and diversity of australopiths. In W. Henke & I. Tattersall (Eds.), Handbook of paleoanthropology. New York: Springer Verlag.

Kimbel, W. H., Lockwood, C., Ward, C., Leakey, M., Rak, Y. & Johanson, D. (2006). Was Australopithecus anamensis ancestral to A. afarensis? A case of anagenesis in the hominin fossil record. Journal of Human Evolution.

Kimbel, W. H., Rak, Y. & Johanson, D. (2004). The skull of Australopithecus afarensis. New York: Oxford University Press.

Kimbel, W. H., Johanson, D. & Rak, Y. (1997). Systematic position of a maxilla of Homo from Hadar, Ethiopia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 103(2), 235-262.

Kimbel, W. H. & Martin, L. (Eds.) (1993). Species, species concepts and primate evolution. New York: Plenum.

Courses

Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 591 Seminar
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Summer 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 799 Dissertation

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 344 Fossil Hominids
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 525 Primate Paleobiology
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 799 Dissertation

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 344 Fossil Hominids
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 583 Fieldwork
ASM 338 Anthropological Field Session
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Summer 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 799 Dissertation

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 338 Anthropological Field Session
ASM 344 Fossil Hominids
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 591 Seminar
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASM 191 First-Year Seminar
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 525 Primate Paleobiology
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Summer 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 799 Dissertation

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 338 Anthropological Field Session
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 583 Fieldwork
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 591 Seminar
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Kimbel, W.H., Suwa, G., Asfaw, B., Rak, Y., and White, T.D.. Ardipithecus ramidus and the evolution of the human cranial base.. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (2014).

  2. Delezene L, Zolnierz M, Teaford M, Kimbel WH, Grine, F and Ungar P. Premolar microwear and tooth use in Australopithecus afarensis.. Journal of Human Evolution (2013).

  3. Sponheimer M, Alemseged Z, Cerling T, Grine F, Kimbel W, Leakey M, Lee-Thorp J F Manthi, F, Reed K, Wood B, Wynn J. Isotopic evidence of early hominin diets: past, present and future.. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (2013).

  4. Terhune CE, Kimbel WH and Lockwood CA. Postnatal temporal bone ontogeny in Pan, Gorilla, and Homo, and the implications for temporal bone ontogeny in Australopithecus afarensis.. Amer j Phys Anthrop (2013).

  5. Wynn, J, Sponheimer M, Kimbel W, Alemseged Z, Reed K, Bedaso Z, Norman J. Diet of Australopithecus afarensis from the Pliocene Hadar Formation, Ethiopia.. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (2013).

  6. Kimbel WH. Hesitation on hominin history. Nature (2013).

  7. Ward, CV, Kimbel, WH, Harmon, EH, Johanson, DC. New postcranial fossils of Australopithecus afarensis from Hadar, Ethiopia (1990-2007). Journal of Human Evolution (2012).

  8. Delezene, L. and Kimbel, W.H.. The evolution of the lower third premolar in early Australopithecus.. J Human Evolution (2011).

  9. Villmoare, B. and Kimbel, W.H.. CT-based study of internal structure of the anterior pillar in extinct hominins and its implications for the phylogeny of robust Australopithecus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (2011).

  10. Ward, CV, Kimbel, WH, Johanson DC. Complete fourth metatarsal and arches in the foot of Australopithecus afarensis. Science (2011).

  11. Kimbel, W., J. Newland, J. Russ. IHO: 30 Years of Research and Discovery. IHO/SHESC (2011).

  12. Kimbel, W and Rak, Y.. The cranial base of Australopithecus afarensis: new insights from the female skull.. Transactions of the Royal Society Series B (2010).

  13. Kimbel, W. and Delezene L.. "Lucy" redux: A review of research on Australopithecus afarensis.. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology (2009).

  14. Book chapter: William H. Kimbel. The Origin of the Genus Homo. The First Humans: Origins of the Genus Homo. Springer (2009).

  15. C Terhune, William Kimbel, C Lockwood. Variation and Diversity in Homo erectus: A 3D Geometric Morphometric Analysis of the Temporal Bone. Journal of Human Evolution (2007).

  16. Book chapter: Kimbel, William Howard (Author) . The species and diversity of australopiths. Handbook of Paleoanthropology. Springer Verlag (2007).

  17. William Kimbel, C Lockwood, C Ward, M Leakey, Y Rak, D Johanson. Was Australopithecus anamensis ancestral to A. afarensis? A case of anagenesis in the hominin fossil record. Journal of Human Evolution (2006).

  18. C Lockwood, William Kimbel, J Lynch. Variation in early hominin temporal bone morphology and its implications for species diversity. Trans. Roy. Soc. S. Afr (2005).

  19. M Drapeau, C Ward, William Kimbel, D Johanson, Y Rak. Associated cranial and forelimb remains attributed to Australopithecus afarensis from Hadar, Ethiopia. Journal of Human Evolution (2005).

  20. M Plavcan, C Lockwood, William Kimbel, M Lague, E Harmon. Sexual dimorphism in Australopithecus afarensis revisited: how strong is the case for a human-like pattern of dimorphism?. Journal of Human Evolution (2005).

  21. Z Alemseged, J Wynn, William Kimbel, D Reed, D Geraads, R Bobe. First hominin from the Basal Member of the Hadar Formation, Dikika, Ethiopia. Journal of Human Evolution (2005).

  22. Review of: The Human Fossil Record, Vol. 3. Endocasts: The Paleoneurological Evidence. Journal of Anthropological Research (2005).

  23. Book chapter: Kimbel, William Howard (Author) . The Human Species on the Treee of Life. Evolutionary Science and Society: Educating a New Generation. Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (2005).

  24. C Lockwood, William Kimbel, J Lynch. Morphometrics and hominoid phylogeny: support for a chimp-human clade and differentiation among great ape subspecies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2004).

  25. C Lockwood, William Kimbel, J Lynch. Phylogenetic analysis of extant hominoids using temporal bone morphometrics. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2004).

  26. Kimbel, William Howard, Rak, Y, Johanson, D C. The Skull of Australopithecus afarensis. Oxford University Press (2004).

  27. Review of: Lowly Origin: When, Where and Why Our Ancestors First Stood Up. American Scientist (2004).

  28. C Lockwood, William Kimbel, J Lynch. Morphological differentiation among grat ape subspecies as indicated by geometric morphometric analysis of temporal bones. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2003).

  29. C Ward, C Lockwood, William Kimbel, M Leakey, D Johanson, Y Rak. Was Australopithecus anamensis ancestral to A. afarensis?. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2003).

  30. William Kimbel, Y Rak, D Johanson. A new hominin skull from hadar: implications for cranial sexual dimorphism in Australopithecus afarensis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2003).

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Presentations

  1. Glowacka, H., Schwartz, G. and Kimbel, W. The role of canine reduction in diagnosing the earliest hominins: lessons from a Miocene ape.. Annual Meeting of the AAPA. (Apr 2102).
  2. Kimbel WH Ardipithecus ramidus and human evolution. Boston University Dialogues in Anthropology. (Dec 2013).
  3. Kimbel W, Suwa G, Asfaw B, Rak Y, and White T Ardipithecus ramidus and the evolution of the human cranial base.. Annual Meeting of AAPA. (Apr 2013).
  4. Kimbel, W.H. untitled. Symposium, Institute for Humanities Research, ASU. (Apr 2011).
  5. Grimmett, P., Oldak, A., Copes, L., Kimbel, W Testing the scaling relationship of tooth size and jaw size in three hominin species: are hominins "good" species?. annual meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. (Apr 2010).
  6. Kimbel, W.H. and Rak, Y. The cranial base of Australopithecus afarensis: new insights from the female skull. Discussion Meeting of the Royal Society: "The First Four Million Years of Human Evolution," London. (Oct 2009).
  7. Kimbel, William What is the Origins of Human Uniqueness?. ASU Origins Symposium. (Apr 2009).
  8. Kimbel, W.H., Reed, K.E., Campisano, C.J., and Hovers, E. The future of Ethiopia’s past: results from the Hadar Field School (2007). Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society. (Apr 2009).
  9. Kimbel, William Australopithecus in human evolution.. Special Session on "Origins of the Human Species", AAAS annual meeting. (Apr 2009).
  10. Kimbel, William What do we know about the origin of Homo?. "Darwin's Legacy: Early Human Evolution in Africa," New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology. (Feb 2009).
  11. Kimbel, William The diversity of australopiths. Stony Brook Unversity Symposium on Human Evolution. (Sep 2007).
  12. Kimbel, William The Origins of Homo. Stony Brook University Symposium on Human Evolution. (Sep 2006).
  13. Kimbel, William Pattern and Process in Australopith Evolution: Case Studies from the East African Pliocene. African Genesis: A Symposium on Human Evolution in Africa. (Jan 2006).
  14. Kimbel, William After Lucy: The Hadar Hominids in Human Evolution. Leverhulme Lecture, UCL. (Oct 2005).
  15. Kimbel, William Evolving Views of Earliest Human Evolution in Africa. Fossil Fragments: The Riddle of Human Origins, Yale University, Peabody Museum.
  16. Kimbel, William Lucy Redux: What the African Fossil Record Means for Early Human Evolution. Sigma Xi ASU Chapter.

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Reed,Kaye E * , Arrowsmith,Ramon , Campisano,Christopher J , Feary,David , Kimbel,William Howard , . Collaborative Research: Paleoanthropology of the Ledi-Geraru: Filling in a temporal gap in hominin evolution. NSF-SBE-BCS (2/15/2015 - 1/31/2018).
  2. Kimbel,William Howard * , Boyd,Robert , Campisano,Christopher J , Hill,Kim Ronald , Johanson,Donald C , Marean,Curtis William , Mathew,Sarah George , Reed,Kaye E , Schwartz,Gary T , Silk,Joan Barbara , . The Evolutionary Foundations of Human Uniqueness: Recovering Patterns of Cognition Cumulative Culture and Cooperation. ASU FDN (9/1/2014 - 8/31/2017).
  3. Kimbel,William Howard * . Workshop: Integrating Approaches To Diet Reconstruction Among Early Hominins. WENNER-GREN FDN (1/1/2013 - 6/30/2013).
  4. Kimbel,William Howard * . Collaborative Research: Paleobiogeography, paleoecology, and continued investigation of a diverse, terminal Miocene, primate-bearing fauna from southe. NSF-ENG-BCS (9/1/2012 - 8/31/2015).
  5. Kimbel,William Howard * . Paleoanthropology of the Hadar Site: Field Work at the 333 (First Family) Hominin and 666 Archaeological Localities. NATL GEOGRAPHIC SOC (10/25/2010 - 5/31/2011).
  6. Kimbel,William Howard * . Comparative and Experimental Investigations of Cranial Robusticity in Pleistocene Hominins.. WENNER-GREN FDN (7/1/2010 - 8/31/2011).
  7. Kimbel,William Howard * . Doctoral Dissertation Improvement: Coevolutionary models and the anthropoid canine honing complex. NSF-SBE (4/30/2010 - 4/30/2010).
  8. Kimbel,William Howard * . Doctoral Dissertation Improvement: Comparative and Experimental Investigations of Cranial Robusticity in Homo erectus. NSF-SBE (9/1/2009 - 8/31/2010).
  9. Kimbel,William Howard * . Doctoral Dissertation Improvement: Temporomandibular Joint Variation in Primates: Perspectives from Phylogeny, Function, and Allometry. NSF-SBE (5/1/2008 - 4/30/2009).
  10. Kimbel,William Howard * . Temporomandibular Joint Variation in Primates: Perspectives from Phylogeny, Function, and Allometry. LBS LEAKEY FDN (1/15/2008 - 9/1/2009).
  11. Kimbel,William Howard * . Nonsocial Influences on Canine Size in Anthropoid Primates. LBS LEAKEY FDN (1/1/2008 - 6/1/2009).
  12. Kimbel,William Howard * . Doctoral Dissertation: Geometric Morphometric Analysis of the Infraobital Region of Great Apes and Modern and Extinct Humans. NSF-SBE (2/15/2005 - 1/31/2006).
  13. Kimbel,William Howard * . Geometric Morphometric Analysis of the Infraorbital Region of Extinct Hominins, Modern Humans, and Great Apes. LBS LEAKEY FDN (2/1/2005 - 2/1/2006).
  14. Kimbel,William Howard * . A COMPERATIVE ANALYSIS OF FEMUR MORPHOLOGY IN AUSTRALOPITHECUS AFARENSIS: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE EVOLUTION OF BIPEDAL. NSF-SBE (12/1/2003 - 11/30/2004).
  15. Kimbel,William Howard * Johanson,Donald C Reed,Kaye E . CONTINUED PALEOANTHROPOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS AT THE HADAR HOMINID SITE, ETHIOPIA. NSF-SBE (8/1/2000 - 7/31/2002).
  16. Kimbel,William Howard * . NEANDERTAL DENTAL MORPHOLOGY: IMPLICATOINS FOR MODERN HUMAN ORIGINS. NSF-SBE (7/15/2000 - 6/30/2001).
  17. Lockwood,Charles Abram * Kimbel,William Howard Lynch,John M . THE SYSTEMATIC & PHYLOGENETIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE HOMININ TEMPORAL BONE: A LANDMARK-BASED APPROACH. NSF-SBE (1/15/2000 - 12/31/2001).
  18. Kimbel,William Howard * Johanson,Donald C . PALEOANTHROPOLOGICAL & GEOLOGICAL RESEARCH AT THE HADAR HOMINID SITE, ETHIOPIA: 1995 - 1996. NSF-SBE (9/1/1998 - 5/31/2000).

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Service

  1. African Rift Valley Research Consortium, Co-organizer (2013 - present)
  2. African Rift Valley Research Consortium, Co-organizer (2013 - present)
  3. Workshop on the Evolution of Human Dietary, Co-organizer (2013 - present)
  4. CLAS/Search Committee for Dean of Social Sciences, member (2011 - present)
  5. CLAS/Faculty Research and Facilities Committee, Member (2011 - present)
  6. CLAS/Faculty Research and Facilities Committee, Member (2011 - present)
  7. SHESC Search Committee, chair (2010 - present)
  8. Journal of Human Evolution, Editorial Board member (2010 - present)
  9. Journal of Human Evolution, Editorial Board member (2010 - present)
  10. Journal of Human Evolution, Editorial Board member (2010 - present)
  11. Journal of Human Evolution, Editorial Board member (2010 - present)
  12. Journal of Human Evolution, Editorial Board member (2010 - present)
  13. Journal of Human Evolution, Editorial Board member (2009 - present)
  14. ASU Origins Initiative Faculty Advisory Committee, member (2008 - present)
  15. ASU Origins Initiative Faculty Advisory Committee, member (2008 - present)
  16. ASU Origins Symposium Organizing Committee, member (2008 - present)
  17. CLAS Administrative Council, member (2008 - present)
  18. IHO, Director (2008 - present)
  19. IHO, Director (2008 - present)
  20. IHO, Director (2008 - present)
  21. IHO, Director (2008 - present)
  22. IHO, Director (2008 - present)
  23. IHO, Director (2008 - present)
  24. Institute of Human Origins, Director (2008 - present)
  25. Spirit of the Senses, speaker (2008 - present)
  26. ASU Graduate School, speaker (2008 - present)
  27. Blackwell's Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Human Evolution, Advisory Editor (2008 - present)
  28. Blackwell's Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Human Evolution, Advisory Editor (2008 - present)
  29. SHESC Personnel Committee, member (2008 - present)
  30. CLAS/IHO, Co-leader (2009)
  31. CLAS Excellence Committee, Member (2008 - 2009)
  32. SHESC Personnel Committee, member (2008 - 2009)
  33. ASU Origins Symposium Organizing Committee, member (2008 - 2009)
  34. Journal of Human Evolution, Editor (2003 - 2008)
  35. Villa Montessori School, (ended 2007)
  36. Faculty mentor, advised new junior faculty member in SSFD (2006 - 2007)
  37. Alumni Relations Committee, member (2004 - 2007)
  38. SSFD launch, faculty judge for graduate student poster competition at SSFD launch (ended 2006)
  39. SHESC, Interim Associate Director (2006)
  40. Development Committee, member (2004 - 2006)

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