What's this all about?

The goal of this project is to track the relationships among PhDs in Physical Anthropology. This project is inspired by a paper by Elizabeth Kelley and Robert Sussman in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, which presented "genealogy data" on field primatologists.

Genealogy is probably the more accurate term, but we like to think of it as a phylogenetic tree. Using web tools, we are expanding on previous work by providing interactive visualizations of this data, and by allowing people from all over the world to contribute their data.

Who made this site?

W. Andrew Barr - Andrew is currently a PostDoc in the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology at George Washington University. He studies the environmental context of early human evolution. His PhD advisor at UT Austin was Denné Reed.

Brett Nachman - Brett is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies early Eocene mammalian evolution, as well as the paleoenvironmental context of modern human subsistence strategies in the late Pleistocene. His PhD advisor is John Kappelman.

Liza Shapiro - Liza is a Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She studies the functional morphology and evolution of primate locomotion. Her PhD advisor at Stony Brook University was Bill Jungers.

Who should be in the tree?

Our main criterion for inclusion in this project is self-identification. In other words, if you consider yourself to be a physical/biological/evolutionary anthropologist, then you should add your information. Another useful criterion is whether or not your work would be appropriate for publication in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Where is my name?

This project is crowd-sourced. That means that the data come from users like you. If you (or someone you know) aren't in the tree, that just means the data haven't been added yet. Please take a few seconds to add the missing data.

Data Use Policy

This site is meant to be a public resource. Please remember that a great deal of work goes into creating and maintaining the database. We request that you contact us before using data from this site in any publication. You can contact us here.

Can I make a correction?

Yes, of course! We rely on user submissions and corrections to make sure we get it right. Just drop the administrators a line to let us know about the error. We will fix the problem as soon as possible.

How can I help?

You can submit information directly from our website. It only takes a few seconds to submit. All data is validated by an administrator before appearing in the tree.

Where is my specialization?

We have tried to strike a balance between accuracy and usability regarding the number of specializations available when you submit data. If you feel that there is a missing specialization, please drop us a line to let us know.

How does the dynamic tree work?

Technical Talk Warning: the site is coded using Django, a library for the Python programming language. Data are stored in a SQLite database. When the tree page gets requested, the database is queried, and the returning data are drawn by your browser in a tree layout using D3 (Data-Driven Documents), which is an amazing JavaScript library. The whole physanth phylogeny project is open source, and you can access the source code on github