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Alan Walker

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Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology and Biology

315 Carpenter
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814)865-3122
Lab Address: 322 Carpenter
Lab Phone: (814) 865-0796


  1. Ph.D., University of London, 1967
  2. B.A., Cambridge University, 1962

Research Interests

Primate and Human Evolution

Dr. Walker endeavors to extract ancient behaviors from the fossil and taphonomic record. Teeth record information about an individual's life history and semicircular canals are tuned to a species' rapidity of locomotion. Walker is now developing nondestructive methods for examining tooth enamel and measuring fossil labyrinths so that rare hominoid and hominid specimens can be used. He is a research associate of the National Museum of Kenya and has had many collaborative field programs with the Museum, the latest being at Allia Bay, east Lake Turkana.

Selected Publications

  • Ward, C.V., Leakey, M.G., Brown, B., Brown, F.H., Harris, J.H., and Walker A. 1999. Early hominids from Turkwel, a site in northern Kenya. J. Hum. Evol. 36: 69-95.
  • Beynon, A.D., Dean, M.C., Leakey, M.G., Reid, D.J., and Walker, A. 1998. Comparative dental development and microstructure of Proconsul teeth from rusinga Island Kenya. J. Hum. Evol. 35: 163-209.
  • Leakey, M.G., Feibel, C.S., McDougall, I., Ward, C., and Walker A. 1998. New specimens and confirmation of and early age for Australopithecus anamensis. Nature 393: 62-66.
  • Leakey, M.G., C.S. Feibel, I. McDougall, and A. Walker. 1995. New four-million-year-old hominid species from Kanapoi and Allia Bay, Kenya. Nature 376:565-571..
  • Leakey, M.G., P.S. Ungar, and A. Walker. 1995. A new genus of large primate from the Lake Oligocene of Lothidok, Turkana District, Kenya. Journal of Human Evolution 28:519-531..
  • 1993. 1993. The Nariokotome Homo erectus skeleton. Harvard University Press, Cambridge.