Nov 23, 2006

New York University Anthropology Professor Terry Harrison has been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his contributions to the understanding of primate and human evolution. Harrison, who directs NYU’s Center for the Study of Human Origins, was one of 13 anthropologists selected by AAAS as fellows this year.

Anthropology Professor Terry Harrison
Anthropology Professor Terry Harrison

New York University Anthropology Professor Terry Harrison has been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his contributions to the understanding of primate and human evolution. Harrison, who directs NYU’s Center for the Study of Human Origins, was one of 13 anthropologists selected by AAAS as fellows this year.

A biological anthropologist specializing in primate and human paleontology, evolutionary morphology, and paleoecology, Harrison has conducted paleontological fieldwork in Europe, East Africa, and Asia. His current major research projects include early hominid paleontology in northern Tanzania, evolutionary relationships and biology of early Miocene catarrhines (Old World primates, including humans) from East Africa, the study of Miocene fossil apes from China, and the impact of human hunting and paleoecological change at prehistoric sites in Borneo (southeast Asia).

Born in Middlesex, England, Harrison received his bachelor’s degree (1978) and doctorate (1982), both in anthropology, from London’s University College. He has been a professor at NYU, where he has received multiple awards for teaching excellence, since 1984. Harrison is the 22nd NYU faculty member to be named a Fellow by AAAS.

Founded in 1848, AAAS, which named a total of 449 new Fellows this year, is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science. This year’s AAAS Fellows will be announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 24.


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