Joshua M. Polanski
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Iowa 2009
Cranial integration, hominoid evolution and ontogeny, Homo erectus evolution, modern human origins
Josh Polanski earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Iowa. His dissertation focused on quantifying patterns of cranial integration during ontogeny in chimpanzees and modern humans, to determine if integrations patterns differ between the two species, and if those patterns remain stable throughout development. His main work focuses on morphological integration, particularly investigating cranial integration among the hominoids, trying to determine if species specific patterns exist, and what evolutionary forces may have caused those differences. He is also collaborating on a project to determine if dietary changes can alter the pattern of cranial integration, using rats as an experimental model.
In addition, Polanski has focused on investigating dental evolution in Homo erectus populations on the island of Java, trying to determine when populations arrived there, if they may differ from later, mainland Asian populations, and when modern humans may have arrived on Java.
- Introduction to Biological Anthropology
- Introduction to Biological Anthropology Lab