Aida Gómez-Robles

I have a very general interest in human evolution that includes classic descriptive studies of fossil hominins, EvoDevo questions, the study of long-term evolutionary trends, and philosophical approaches to what makes us humans. My early research projects focused on dental remains corresponding to the Pleistocene European fossil record, combining classic evaluations of dental morphology and mod
ern geometric morphometric approaches in order to contribute new information to the ongoing debates about hominin taxonomy and phylogeny. Later projects focused on more general evolutionary questions, using dental morphology as a case study to explore the interaction of development and evolution, and of both of them with functional factors. My most recent research tends to focus on brain variation in chimpanzees and humans, with emphasis on the evolution of brain plasticity in our species.

Currently, I am a Lecturer in Paleoanthropology at the Department of Anthropology of UCL. I also have secondary affiliations with the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment of UCL and the Department of Life Sciences of the Natural History Museum. My current research draws from the research lines and projects that I have developed in the past, including the study of hominin evolutionary relationships and the evolution of human-specific brain traits. Specifically, my current research focuses on craniodental and brain variation in humans and nonhuman primates, combining medical imaging, morphometrics, quantitative genetics and phylogenetic comparative methods to describe anatomical variation within species and long-term patterns of evolution across lineages.