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John C. Willman

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John Charles Willman received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis (2016) where he was trained in biological anthropology, human gross anatomy, and archaeology. His research focuses paleoanthropology, bioarchaeology, and dental anthropology using a variety of microscopic and virtual methodologies.

From 2018-2019, John was a MSCA Individual Fellow at the Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES, Tarragona, Spain) conducting bioarchaeological research concerning human dental wear related to dietary and non-dietary behaviors in Holocene human groups from the Iberian Peninsula. His subsequent MSCA-IF research (2020-2021) at the University of Coimbra concentrated on virtual approaches (e.g., photogrammetry and microCT imaging) to dental morphological variation among Pleistocene and Holocene humans from Portugal.

John is currently a Junior Investigator (FCT Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus – 4th Edition) in the Laboratory of Prehistory (CIAS). His most recent work expands into understanding the morphological correlates of the proces of domestication using farm foxes as a model.


Evolution of the Human Diet (Washington University in St. Louis)

Introduction to Human Evolution (Washington University in St. Louis)

From Darwin to Doctors: Evolutionary Medicine and Human Health (Washington University in St. Louis)

Main Publications

Willman JC, Valera AC, Silva AM. 2021. The embodiment of craft production in Bronze Age Portugal: Exceptional dental wear grooves in an individual from Monte do Vale do Ouro 2 (Ferreira do Alentejo, Portugal). International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 31(2):252-262, DOI: 10.1002/oa.2944.

Willman JC, Lacy SA. 2020. Oral pathological conditions of an Early Epipaleolithic human from Southwest Asia: Ohalo II H2 as a probable case of intentional dental ablation. International Journal of Paleopathology, 30:68-76, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpp.2020.04.001.

Willman JC, Hernando R, Matu M, Crevecoeur I. 2020. Biocultural diversity in Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene Africa: Olduvai Hominid 1 (Tanzania) biological affinity and intentional body modification. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 172(4), 664-681, DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.24007.

Schmidt CW, Remy A, Van Sessen R, Willman J, Krueger K, Scott R, Mahoney P, Beach J, McKinley J, d’Anastasio R, Chiu LW, Buzon M, De Gregory R, Sheridan SG, Eng J, Watson J, Klaus H, Da-Gloria P, Wilson J, Stone A, Sereno P, Droke J, Perash R, Stojanowski C, Herrmann N. 2019. Dental microwear texture analysis of Homo sapiens: foragers, farmers, and pastoralists. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 169(2), 207-226, DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23815.

Willman JC, Maki J, Bayle P, Trinkaus E, Zilhão J. 2012. Middle Paleolithic human remains from the Gruta da Oliveira, Torres Novas, Portugal. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 149(1):39-51, DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22091.

Research Projects

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Concurso Estímulo ao Emprego Científico Individual – 4.ª Edição, Investigador júnior / Foundation for Science and Technology, Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus – 4th Edition, Junior Researcher.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (H2020-MSCA-IF-2018, No. 839822).
VAPP: Virtual Anthropology of Prehistoric Portugal.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (H2020-MSCA-IF-2016, No. 749188).
IDENTITIES: Integrative Approaches to Dental Wear: Non-Masticatory Tooth-Use Across the Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition Among Iberian Foraging and Farming Societies.