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Whitney Karriger

Biography

Whitney M. Karriger is a Doctoral Candidate in Biological Anthropology. Before coming to Tulane in 2012, she completed her M.S. in Anthropology at Illinois State University. There, her thesis research focused on dental microwear in Neandertals from Krapina and Vindija in Croatia. She published this research in PaleoAnthropology in 2016. She also completed a B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Michigan in 2009. Her dissertation research examines craniofacial ontogeny in Neandertals and modern humans, using baboons and macaques as models. She is interested in investigating whether any patterns of differences in craniofacial ontogeny can be observed among the broadly geographically distributed non-human primate genera, Papio and Macaca, and whether those genera can be employed as models to better understand how Neandertals and modern humans differ in their patterns of craniofacial ontogeny. She was awarded the Paul and Elizabeth Selley Doctoral Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year.