Mana Dembo

Graduate student

My research focuses on hominin systematics.  The aim of my PhD research is to improve the reliability of the methods paleoanthropologists use to reconstuct the "phylogenetic" or evolutionary relationships of the fossil hominins.  I am focusing on three main issues: 1) taxon composition, 2) the choice of craniodental characters, and 3) the impact of missing data on the choice of phylogeny building methods.