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    Aida Gómez-Robles, PhD

    Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University 

    2110 G St. NW

    Washington, DC 20052

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    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 modern geometric morphometric approaches in order to contribute new information to the ongoing debates about hominin taxonomy and phylogeny. During my initial postdoctoral stage I have 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 researcher at Dr. Chet Sherwood's lab, where I study brain evolution, with particular emphasis on the evolution of language and communication. 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. Hence, we are evaluating brain asymmetries in language-related areas at the macro- and microstructural level in different primate species, with particular focus on the comparison of chimpanzees and humans.