Graduate Student - Physical Anthropology
BS in Anthropology and Computer Sciences, Rutgers University, 2005
Entered the IDPAS: 2006
Advisor: Bill Jungers
Stephanie is primarily interested in the functional morphology and evolution of early primates and, in
particular, locomotor adaptations of the hands and feet. Using a variety of methods, her dissertation
research explores the functional and phylogenetic significance of distal phalanx diversity in fossil groups
such as adapiforms and omomyoids. This work particularly focuses on the origins of primate nails and
grooming claws and what they can reveal about the emergence and relationships of major lineages.
Recently, she has quantitatively documented the presence of grooming claws in some living platyrrhine
monkeys and in the fossil adapiform, Notharctus. Her ongoing work intends to shed light on the polarities
and origins of this enigmatic feature among different primate groups.
Stephanie Maiolino's CV
"Evidence for a
Grooming Claw in a North American Adapiform Primate: Implications for Anthropoid Origins"