BOYER LAB for evolutionary morphology & paleobiology DUKE UNIVERSITY, DEPT. of EVOLUTIONARY ANTHROPOLOGY, Biological Sciences Bldg
1) We are interested in the evolution of primates, the group to which humans belong, and its environmental and ecological context. To acquire new fossils of primates that help fill in the gaps in understanding about the pattern of morphological and ecological evolution that lead from our non-primate ancestors to the diversity of primates living today, we conduct field work in the Paleogene of North America with a focus on high resolution chronological geological frameworks,
2) Additionally, we are committed to advancing new bioinformatic methods of comparative morphology in collaboration with Ingrid Daubechies.
3) Finally, we develop and manage MorphoSource, a bioinformatics infrastructure for digital distribution of comparative data. This complements our pursuit of new methods for shape analysis with Daubechies, and promotes broad open and public access to the raw data on evolutionary morphology.