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Anthropology Department
New York University
25 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003

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Scott Williams


Assistant Professor of Anthropology


B.A. 2003, Kent State University
M.A. 2006, Northern Illinois University
Ph.D. 2011, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign







Research Interests:

Postcranial functional morphology; evolution of the vertebral column; early hominin locomotion; homoplasy and homology; morphological integration.

Peer-Reviewed Publications and Theses:

  • 2013. Williams S.A., Ostrofsky K.R., Frater N., Churchill S.E., Schmid P., Berger L.R. The vertebral column of Australopithecus sediba. Science 340, 1232996. DOI: 10.1126/science.1232996
  • 2012. Williams, S.A. Evolution of the Hominoid Vertebral Column: the Long and Short of It. Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • 2012. Williams, S.A. Modern or distinct axial bauplan in early hominins? Comments on Haeusler et al. (2011). Journal of Human Evolution 63, 552-556.
  • 2012. Williams, S.A. Placement of the diaphragmatic vertebra in catarrhines: implications for the evolution of dorsostability in hominoids and bipedalism in hominins. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 148, 111-122.
  • 2011. Williams, S.A. Variation in anthropoid vertebral formulae: implications for homology and homoplasy in hominoid evolution. Journal of Experimental Zoology (Molecular and Developmental Evolution) 318, 134-147.
  • 2011. Williams, S.A. Evolution of the hominoid vertebral column. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL.
  • 2010. Williams, S.A. Morphological integration and the evolution of knuckle-walking. Journal of Human Evolution 58, 432-440.
  • 2010. Shattuck M.R., Williams S.A. Arboreality has allowed for the evolution of increased longevity in mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107, 4635-4639.
  • 2010. Polk J.D., Williams S.A., Peterson J.V., Roseman C.C., Godfrey L.R. Subchondral bone apparent density and locomotor behavior in extant primates and subfossil lemurs Hadropithecus and Pachylemur. International Journal of Primatology 31, 275-299.
  • 2009. Polk J.D., Williams S.A., Peterson J.V. Body size and joint posture in primates. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140, 359-367.
  • 2006. Williams, S.A. Anatomical variation in the hand and wrist of African apes: evidence for a single origin of knuckle-walking adaptations. M.A. thesis, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL.