PhD, Binghamton University, 2006
Science 1, Room 112A
Curriculum vitae (PDF, 291 KB)
Rolf Quam is a paleoanthropologist whose research focuses on evolutionary aspects of the temporal bone, mandible and teeth in our fossil human ancestors. In particular he has been actively involved in reconstructing the hearing capacities in fossil humans. This marks the first time that an aspect of sensory perception has been reconstructed in our fossil human ancestors, and this line of research represents a new approach to one of the oldest questions in human evolutionary studies: the emergence of language.
He also participates in the ongoing fieldwork being carried out at the Pleistocene locality of Atapuerca in northern Spain. These sites contain some of the richest human fossil bearing deposits in the world and have recently yielded the oldest human fossil ever found in Europe. During the course of his research, he has personally studied a wide diversity of original human fossils from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Researcher, Human Paleontology Area, Centro UCM-ISCIII de Evolución y Comportamiento Humanos (Madrid, Spain)
Research Associate, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) (New York City, USA)
2012 Quam, R, Martínez, I, Lorenzo, C, Bonmatí, A, Rosa, M, Jarabo, P, Arsuaga, JL. Studying audition in fossil hominins: A new approach to the evolution of language? In (M. Jackson, Ed.) Psychology of Language. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY, pp 47-95.
2011 Quam, R, Martinez, I and Arsuaga, JL. New observations on the fossil human remains from Petit-Puymoyen (Charente). PaleoAnthropology 2011, 95-105.
2011 Hershkovitz, I, Smith, P, Sarig, R, Quam, R, Rodríguez, L, García, L, Arsuaga, JL, Barkai, R and Gopher, A. Middle Pleistocene dental remains from Qesem Cave (Israel). Am. J. phys. Anthropol. 144, 575-592.
2009 Quam, R, Bailey, S and Wood, B. Evolution of M1 crown size and cusp proportions in the genus Homo. J. Anat. 214, 655-670.
2008 Quam, R and Rak, Y. Auditory ossicles from southwest Asian Mousterian sites. J. Hum. Evol. 54, 414-433.
The Atapuerca (Sima de los Huesos) research project http://www.atapuerca.tv/
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