Aida Gómez-Robles

I have a very general interest in human evolution that ranges from classic descriptive studies of hominin fossils to EvoDevo questions and philosophical accounts of what makes us humans. During my PhD research period I had the opportunity to study mostly 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. During my initial postdoctoral stage I 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.

Currently, I am a postdoctoral scientist at
Dr. Chet Sherwood's lab, where I study the evolution of the anatomical specializations of the brain that may have promoted human behavioral and cognitive evolution. Given the limited information the fossil record can provide in this regard, comparative studies are crucial to understanding the evolutionary changes underlying the acquisition of modern human cognitive abilities. Therefore, I am focusing on comparisons between chimpanzees and humans, with particular emphasis on the evolution of brain plasticity and brain lateralization in our species.