Edited books and journal special issues


Elton, S & O’Higgins, P. 2008. Medicine and Evolution: Current Applications, Future Prospects. Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis.  320 pp. ISBN: 9781420051346.

 Wood, B & Elton, S. 2008. Human Evolution: Ancestors and Relatives. Journal of Anatomy April 2008 - Vol. 212 Issue 4 Page 335-563.


Elton, S., Mascie-Taylor CGN, Ulijaszek SJ, Cameron N. 2009. Special Issue: 50th Anniversary Symposium of the Society for the Study of Human Biology. Annals of Human Biology September-October 2009 – Vol. 26 Number 5 Pages 445-669.

Journal articles (peer reviewed)

Murdoch-Eaton D, Drewery S, Elton S, Emmerson C, Marshall M, Smith J, Stark P, Whittle S. (in press) What Do Medical Students Understand By Research And Research Skills?  Identifying Research Opportunities Within Undergraduate Projects. Medical Teacher.

O’Regan H.J., Turner A., Bishop L.C., Elton S., Lamb A. (2009). Hominins without fellow travellers? First appearances and inferred dispersals of Afro-Eurasian large-mammals in the Plio-Pleistocene. Quaternary Science Reviews doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.11.028.

Cardini, A., Elton, S. (2009). The radiation of red colobus monkeys (Primates, Colobinae): morphological evolution in a clade of endangered African primates. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 157: 197-224.


Cardini, A., Elton, S. (2009). Geographic and taxonomic influences on cranial variation in red colobus monkeys (Primates, Colobinae): introducing a new approach to ‘morph’ monkeys. Global Ecology and Biogeography 18: 248-263.


Nowak, K., Cardini, A., Elton, S (2008). Evolutionary acceleration in an endangered African primate: speciation and divergence in the Zanzibar red colobus monkey. International Journal of Primatology 29:1313–1339. (Table 1 Erratum in International Journal of Primatology (2008) 29:1699–1700.)


O’Regan, H.J., Chenery, C.,  Lamb, A. L., Stevens, R., Rook, L. & Elton, S. (2008). Diets of modern macaques assessed using stable isotope analysis of hair, bone and tooth enamel. Journal of Human Evolution 55: 617 - 626.


Elton, S. (2008). The environmental context of human evolutionary history in Eurasia and Africa. Journal of Anatomy 212: 377-393.

Cardini, A. & Elton, S. (2008) Does the skull carry a phylogenetic signal? Evolution and modularity in the guenons. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 93: 813-834.  


Cardini A. & Elton S. (2008). Variation in guenon skulls I: species divergence, ecological and genetic differences. Journal of Human Evolution 54: 615-637.


Cardini A. & Elton S. (2008). Variation in guenon skulls II: sexual dimorphism. Journal of Human Evolution 54: 638-647.


Shaw, L. & Elton, S. (2008). Polycystic ovary syndrome - a transgenerational evolutionary adaptation. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 115: 144-148.


Hughes, J.K., Elton, S. & O’Regan, H.J. (2008) Theropithecus and 'Out of Africa' dispersals in the Plio-Pleistocene. Journal of Human Evolution 54: 43-77.


Elton, S. (2007). Fossils, hunters and controversies: exploring primate evolution. Reviews in Anthropology 36: 283-309.  


Cardini A., Jansson, A-U & Elton S. (2007). Ecomorphology of vervet monkeys: a geometric morphometric approach to the study of clinal variation. Journal of Biogeography 34: 1663–1678. (Read Sandy Harcourt's commentary here.)


Elton, S. (2007). Environmental correlates of the cercopithecoid radiations. Folia Primatologica 78: 344-364.


Cardini, A. & Elton, S. (2007). Sample size and sampling error in geometric morphometric studies of size and shape. Zoomorphology 126: 121-134.


O’Regan, H., Bishop, L.C., Elton, S., Lamb, A., Turner, A. (2006) Afro-Eurasian dispersions of the late Pliocene and early Pleistocene, and their bearing on earliest hominin movements. Courier Forschung Inst Senckenberg 256: 305-314.


Elton, S & Morgan, B.J. (2006) Muzzle morphology, paranasal swelling shape and body size in Mandrillus leucophaeus. Primates 47: 151-157.


Elton, S. (2006) 40 years on and still going strong: the use of the hominin-cercopithecid comparison in human evolution. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 12:19-38.


Elton, S., Barham, L., Andrews, P. & Sambrook Smith, G. (2003) Pliocene femur of Theropithecus from the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. Journal of Human Evolution 44: 133-140


Elton, S. (2002). A reappraisal of the locomotion and habitat preference of Theropithecus oswaldi. Folia Primatologica 73: 252-280.


Elton, S. (2001). Locomotor and habitat classification of cercopithecoid postcranial material from Sterkfontein Member4, Bolt's Farm and Swartkrans Members 1 and 2, South Africa. Palaeontologia africana 37: 115-126. 


Elton, S., Bishop, L.C. & Wood, B. (2001). Comparative context of Plio-Pleistocene hominin brain evolution. Journal of Human Evolution 41: 1-27. (Read New Scientist feature here.)


Elton, S., Foley, R., & Ulijaszek, S.J (1998). Habitual energy expenditure of human climbing and clambering. Annals of Human Biology 25: 523-531.



Book chapters (peer reviewed)


Cardini, A., Diniz Filho, J.A.F., Polly, P.D. & Elton, S. in press. Biogeographic analysis using geometric morphometrics: clines in skull size and shape in a widespread African arboreal monkey. In Geometric Morphometrics, ed. A. Elewa. Springer.

Elton, S. (in press) Impacts of environmental change and community ecology on the composition and diversity of the southern African monkey fauna from the Plio-Pleistocene to the present. African Genesis volume, edited by Reynolds & Gallagher. Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand Press.


Elton, S. & O’Higgins, P. (2008). Introduction to Medicine and Evolution: Current Applications, Future Prospects, pp. 1-8, Elton & O’Higgins (Eds).  Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis.


Elton, S. & O’Higgins, P. (2008). Is there a place for evolution in UK medical education? In: Medicine and Evolution: Current Applications, Future Prospects, pp. 257-272, Elton & O’Higgins (Eds).  Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis. 


Elton, S. (2008). Environments, adaptation and evolutionary medicine: should we be eating a ‘Stone Age’ diet? In: Medicine and Evolution: Current Applications, Future Prospects, pp. 9-34, Elton & O’Higgins (Eds).  Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis.


Shaw, L. & Elton, S. (2008). Seasonality, climatic unpredictability, food deprivation and polycystic ovary syndrome. In: Medicine and Evolution: Current Applications, Future Prospects, pp. 77-98, Elton & O’Higgins (Eds).  Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis.


O'Regan, H.J.,  Bishop, L.C., Lamb, A.,  Elton, S. &  Turner, A. (2005). Large mammal turnover in Africa and the Near East 1.0 - 0.5Ma. In M.J. Head & P.L. Gibbard Early-Middle Pleistocene Transitions: The Land Ocean Evidence. Geological Society Special Publication 274: 231-249.


Foley, R. & Elton, S. (1998). Time and energy: the ecological context for the evolution of bipedalism. In: Primate Locomotion: Recent Advances, pp. 419-433, edited by E. Strasser, J. Fleagle, A. Rosenberger & H. McHenry. New York: Plenum Press.



Reports, commentaries and correspondence


Cardini A., Elton S. (in press) GeMBiD, a ‘Geometric morphometric approach to the study of biological diversity’. Endangered Species Update, in press.

Elton, S., Cardini, A. (2008) Anthropology from the desk? The challenges of the emerging era of data sharing. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 86: 209-212. 



Shaw, L. & Elton, S. (2008). Authors’ response to ‘polycystic ovary syndrome: a condition of the past?’. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 115:922.


Wood, B. & Elton, S. (2008). Introduction to symposium on ‘Human Evolution: Ancestors and Relatives’. Journal of Anatomy 212: 335-336.    


O’Higgins, P & Elton, S. (2007) Walking on trees. Science 316: 1292-1294. (Read Thorpe et al.'s Science article here.)


Elton, S. (2007). Overview of the Symposium on Medicine and Evolution. Society, Biology and Human Affairs 72: 11-12.


Elton, S. (2004) New perspectives on primate evolution and adaptation. Current Anthropology 45: 418-419.


Elton, S. (2004) Report on the 2003 Winter Meeting of the PSGB. Primate Eye 79: 8 - 10. 





Alan Turner, Laura Bishop, Sarah Elton, Angela Lamb, Hannah O'Regan, Palaeoinformatic approach to the context of the earliest human dispersals. Archaeology Data Service Online, http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/archive/turner_nerc_2006/



Russell Hill, Sarah Elton, Robin Dunbar, Andrea Cardini, Mandy Korstjens, Erik Willems, Anna-Ulla Jansson, Cercopithecine models for human evolution. ADS Online, http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/archive/cerco_lt_2007/



Published conference contributions (peer reviewed)

Meloro C., Elton S., Louys J., Ditchfield P., Bishop LC. (2009). Habitat adaptation as predicted by humerus morphometry in Felidae (Fissipedia, Carnivora): implications forpalaeoecological reconstructions. Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 29: 147S.

Elton, S. & Cardini, A. (2009). Monkey macroecology: spatial, environmental and taxonomic influences on cranial morphology in Piliocolobus and Chlorocebus. American Journal of Physical Anthropology S44: 183.


Cardini, A., O’Higgins, P. & Elton, S. (2006). Static allometry, species discrimination and sexual dimorphism of guenons (Primates, Cercopithecinae): a three-dimensional morphometric analysis of the skull. American Journal of Physical Anthropology S42: 72-73.


Cardini, A. & Elton, S. (2005). Evolutionary allometry, species discrimination and sexual dimorphism of guenons (Primates, Cercopithecinae): a preliminary three dimensional morphometric analysis of the cranium and mandible. Annals of Human Biology 32: 791.


Elton, S. & Morgan, B.J. (2004). Muzzle morphology and size in Mandrillus leucophaeus. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. S32: 92.  


O’Regan, H.J., Bishop, L.C., Elton, S., Lamb, A. & Turner, A. (2004). Afro-Eurasian mamalian dispersions of the late Pliocene and early Pleistocene. In: L.C. Maul & R.D. Kalkhe (Eds.) Terra Nostra: 18th International Senckenberg Conference and 6th International Colloquium in Weimar Late Neogene and Quaternary Biodiversity and Evolution: regional development and interregional correlations p.201. Senckenberg: Frankfurt. 


Elton, S. & Bishop, L.C. (2004). Can patterns of body size change in mammals shed light on the causes and consequences of body size increases in human evolutionary history? Annals of Human Biology 31: 117-118


Collard, M. & Elton, S. (2002). Phylogenetic utility of papionin postcranial morphology. American Journal of Physical Anthropology S34: 56.


Elton, S. (2000). Habitat preference and locomotion in Plio-Pleistocene Theropithecus species. American Journal of Physical Anthropology S30: 145.


Elton, S. (1999). Cranial capacity trends in African Plio-Pleistocene cercopithecoids. American Journal of Physical Anthropology S28: 124


Elton, S. (1999). Habitat at southern African Plio-Pleistocene palaeontological sites, as suggested by ecomorphological analysis of taxonomically-unassigned cercopithecoid postcranial elements. Folia Primatologica 70: 230


Elton, S., & Bishop, L.C. (1998). The ecological context of comparative brain size in Plio-Pleistocene hominids and theropithecines. Annals of Human Biology.



Book Reviews


Elton, S. (2005) Review of Neanderthals and Modern Humans: An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective. Journal of Biosocial Science 37: 667-668.


Elton, S. (2005) Review of Encyclopedia of Evolution. Annals of Human Biology 32: 94-95.


Elton, S. (2004) Review of Studying Human Origins: Disciplinary History and Epistemology. Anthropological Theory 4: 481-482.


Elton, S. (2004) Review of The Demography of the Dobe !Kung. Anthropological Theory.


Elton, S. (2004) Review of The First Americans. Annals of Human Biology 31: 270-271.


Elton, S. (2004) Review of Reproductive Ecology and Human Evolution. Anthropological Theory 4: 121-123.


Elton, S. (2004) Review of An Introductory Guide to SPSS. Journal of Biosocial Science 36: 254.


Elton, S. (2003). Review of Evolution in an Anthropological View. Journal of Biosocial Science 35: 155-156.


Elton, S. (2002). Review of Primate Dentition: An Introduction to the Teeth of Non-Human Primates. Primate Eye 78: 38.


Elton, S. (2002). Review of The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth. Journal of Biosocial Science 34: 431-432.


Elton, S. (2001). Review of The Cannibal Within. Anthropological Theory 1: 397-398.