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The CECD is an AHRC funded research group dedicated to examining the evolutionary underpinnings of human cultural behaviour, past and present. more>

   
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Research Fellows Profile
Dr Sandra Martelli
AHRC CECD, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

31-34 Gordon Square
London
WC1H 0PY
Email: s.martelli@ucl.ac.uk

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Funding
European Comission project HANDTOMOUTH
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Research and Teaching interests
• Comparative human and primate anatomy

• Functional adaptations and human evolution


My background is in comparative anatomy (humans and primates), biological sciences and human evolution. Recently, I have been investigating how the hominoid vertebral column (and to some extent the sacrum and pelvis) varies throughout evolution in relation to different functional demands (e.g. bipedal gait and arboreal locomotion) as well as to variations within (sexual dimorphism) and between recent and fossil hominoids.
Currently, my interests have shifted to the variation in larynx and vocal tract anatomy (both hard and soft tissues) observed in various recent hominoids (humans and great apes). I am investigating these variations in relation to the presence or absence of speech and language faculties and what this can tell us about speech abilities – in relation to anatomical constraints – of fossil taxa such as the Neanderthals. The current study is part of HANDTOMOUTH, for more information on this multinational research consortium, follow the link below.
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Educational Background
BSc Biology and physical chemistry, University of Zurich, Switzerland

MSc Biological anthropology, prehistory and early history, University of Zurich, Switzerland

PhD Evolutionary anatomy, UCL, London UK
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Associated Links:
http://www.handtomouth.ucl.ac.uk

Associated AHRC CECD Projects (Phase 2):
Project B007
Evolution of phonological complexity: a production system approach