CSHO director Dr. Terry HarrisonSilver Professor of Anthropology; CSHO Director

Ph.D. 1982; B.Sc. 1978, University College London

Email: terry.harrison@nyu.edu

Phone: 212-998-8557

curriculum vitae

Office: 801

Paleobiology Laboratory




Research Interests

  • human evolution
  • functional morphology
  • primate comparative anatomy
  • taphonomy
  • fossil apes and monkeys
  • paleobiology
  • allometry
  • paleoecology


Other Affiliations

Silver Professor, NYU Department of Anthropology

Faculty, New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology

Core Faculty, MA in Human Skeletal Biology

Research Associate, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Associate Editor, Journal of Human Evolution

Associate Editor, Anthropological Science


Current Projects

Fossil Hominoids from Pleistocene Cave Sites in China

Functional Anatomy and Evolutionary Morphology

Miocene Catarrhine Primates from East Africa

New Pliopithecoids from the Miocene of Asia

Paleoanthropological Research at Laetoli, Tanzania

Paleoecology and Vertebrate Paleontology of Africa

Phylogenetic Relationships and Paleobiology of Early Hominins


Selected Publications

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Laird, M.F., Kozma, E., Kwekason, A., Harrison, T. 2018. Fossil cercopithecid tibia from Laetoli and its implications for positional behavior and paleoecologyJournal of Human Evolution 118: 27-42.

Harrison, T. 2017. The paleoecology of the Upper Ndolanya Beds, Laetoli, Tanzania, and its implications for hominin evolution, in Marom, A., Hovers, E. (Eds.) Human Paleontology and Prehistory: Contributions in Honor of Yoel Rak, pp. 31-44. Springer, Dordrecht.

Rein, T.R., Harrison, T., Carlson, K., Harvati, K.  2017. Adaptation to suspensory locomotion in Australopithecus sedibaJournal of Human Evolution 104: 1-12.

Sankhyan, A.R., Kelley, J., Harrison, T. 2017. A highly derived pliopithecoid from the Late Miocene of Haritalyangar, India. Journal of Human Evolution 105: 1-12.

Harrison, T. 2016. The fossil record and evolutionary history of hylobatids, in Reichard, U.H., Hirohisa, H., Barelli, C. (Eds.), Evolution of Gibbons and Siamang: Phylogeny, Morphology, and Cognition, pp. 91-110.  Springer, New York.

Zhang, Y., Harrison, T.  2016. Gigantopithecus blacki: A giant ape from the Pleistocene of Asia revisitedAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology 162, Supplement S63: 153-177.

Zhang, Y., Jin, C., Kono, R.T., Harrison, T., & Wang, W. 2016. A fourth mandible and associated dental remains of Gigantopithecus blacki from the Early Pleistocene Yanliang Cave, Fusui, Guangxi, South ChinaHistorical Biology 28: 95-104.

Zhang, Y., Kono, R.T., Wang, W., Harrison, T., Takai, M., Ciochon, R.L., & Jin, C. 2015. Evolutionary trend in dental size in Gigantopithecus blacki revisited. Journal of Human Evolution 83: 91-100.

Sukselainen, L, Fortelius, M., & Harrison, T. 2015. Co-occurrence of pliopithecoid and hominoid primates in the fossil record: an ecometric analysis. Journal of Human Evolution 84: 25-41.

Ortiz, A., Pilbrow, V., Villamil, C.I., Korsgaard, J.G., Bailey, S.E., & Harrison, T. 2015. The taxonomic and phylogenetic affinities of Bunopithecus sericus, a fossil hylobatid from the Pleistocene of ChinaPLoS One e0131206: 1-17.

Su, D.F. & Harrison, T. 2015. The paleoecology of the Upper Laetolil Beds, Laetoli, Tanzania: A review and synthesis. Journal of African Earth Sciences 101: 405-419.

Rein, T.R., Harvati, K., & Harrison, T. Inferring the use of forelimb suspensory locomotion by extinct primate species via shape exploration of the ulna. Journal of Human Evolution 78: 70-79.

Zhang, Y., Kono, R.T., Jin, C., Wang, W., & Harrison, T. 2014. Possible change in dental morphology in Gigantopithecus blacki just prior to its extinction: Evidence from the upper premolar enamel-dentine junction Journal of Human Evolution 75: 166-171.

Jin, C., Wang, Y., Deng, C., Harrison, T., Qin, D., Pan, W., Zhang, Y., Zhu, M., & Yan, Y. 2014. Chronological sequence of the early Pleistocene Gigantopithecus faunas from cave sites in the Chongzuo, Zuojiang River area, South China. Quaternary International 354: 4-14.

Harrison, T., Jin, C., Zhang, Y., Wang, Y., & Zhu, M. 2014. Fossil Pongo from the Early Pleistocene Gigantopithecus fauna of Chongzuo, Guangxi, southern China. Quaternary International 354: 59-67.

Roberts, P., Delson, E., Miracle, P., Ditchfield, P., Roberts, R.G., Jacobs, Z., Blinkhorn, J., Ciochon, R.L., Fleagle, J.G., Frost, S.R., Gilbert, C.C., Gunnell, G.F., Harrison, T., Korisettar, R., & Petraglia, M.D. 2014. Continuity of mammalian fauna over the last 200,000 y in the Indian subcontinent. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111: 5848-5853.

Harrison, T. 2013. Catarrhine origins, in D. Begun (Ed.) A Companion to Paleoanthropology, pp. 376-396.  New York: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Rein, T.R., Harrison, T., & Zollikofer, C.P.E. 2011. Skeletal correlates of quadrupedalism and climbing in the anthropoid forelimb: Implications for inferring locomotion in Miocene catarrhines. Journal of Human Evolution 61: 564-574.

Wood, B. & Harrison, T. 2011. The evolutionary context of the first homininsNature 470: 347-352.

Harrison, T. 2011. Laetoli revisited: Renewed palaeontological and geological investigations at localities on the Eyasi Plateau in northern Tanzania, in T. Harrison (Ed.) Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context. Volume 1: Geology, Geochronology, Paleoecology and Paleoenvironment, pp. 1-15. Dordrecht: Springer.

Harrison, T. 2011. Hominins from the Upper Laetolil and Upper Ndolanya Beds, Laetoli, in T. Harrison (Ed.) Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context. Volume 2: Fossil Hominins and the Associated Fauna, pp. 141-188. Dordrecht: Springer.

Harrison, T. (Ed.) 2011. Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli, Tanzania: Human Evolution in Context. Volume 1: Geology, Geochronology, Paleoecology and Paleoenvironment. Dordrecht: Springer.

Harrison, T. (Ed.) 2011. Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli, Tanzania: Human Evolution in Context. Volume 2: Fossil Hominins and the Associated Fauna. Dordrecht: Springer.

Harrison, T. 2010. Apes among the tangled branches of human origins. Science 327: 532-534.

Harrison, T. 2010. Dendropithecoidea, Proconsuloidea and Hominoidea, in L. Werdelin & W.J. Sanders (Eds.) Cenozoic Mammals of Africa, pp. 429-469. Berkeley: University of California Press.


Updated on June 13, 2017