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Zewdi Tsegai

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentOrganismal Biology and Anatomy
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    I am a palaeoanthropologist, and my research is primarily focused on understanding the evolution of bipedalism and reconstructing locomotion among early fossil human relatives (hominins).

    My lab uses analysis of skeletal morphology in combination with biomechanical studies to explore the functional morphology of the human and ape skeleton and reconstruct locomotor and tool use behaviour of fossil hominins. This research is largely focused on understanding how behaviour shapes the skeleton, and how we can use plastic features to reconstruct locomotor behaviour in the past. Key areas of ongoing research include the functional morphology of the foot, how the skeleton changes during growth, and inter- and intra-specific variability in internal bone morphology.

    I was awarded my Ph.D. from Leipzig University and completed postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (2018-2021) and the University of Kent (2022-2023).

    Please email me if you are interested in working in my lab, applications are welcome from potential undergraduate interns, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
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    Leipzig University and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, GermanyPhD2018Biology
    University College London, UKMSc2012Human Evolution and Behaviour
    University of Cambridge, UKBA2009Natural Sciences

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    1. Syeda SM, Tsegai ZJ, Cazenave M, Skinner MM, Kivell TL. Cortical bone architecture of hominid intermediate phalanges reveals functional signals of locomotion and manipulation. Am J Biol Anthropol. 2024 May; 184(1):e24902. PMID: 38400773.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    2. Syeda SM, Tsegai ZJ, Cazenave M, Skinner MM, Kivell TL. Cortical bone distribution of the proximal phalanges in great apes: implications for reconstructing manual behaviours. J Anat. 2023 11; 243(5):707-728. PMID: 37358024; PMCID: PMC10557399.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    3. Deckers K, Tsegai ZJ, Skinner MM, Zeininger A, Kivell TL. Ontogenetic changes to metacarpal trabecular bone structure in mountain and western lowland gorillas. J Anat. 2022 07; 241(1):82-100. PMID: 35122239; PMCID: PMC9178373.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
    4. Colombo A, Stephens NB, Tsegai ZJ, Bettuzzi M, Morigi MP, Belcastro MG, Hublin J-J. Trabecular analysis of the distal radial metaphysis during the acquisition of crawling and bipedal walking: a feasibility study. Bulletins et mémoires de la Société d’anthropologie de Paris. 2019; (31):43-51. View Publication.
    5. Tsegai ZJ, Skinner MM, Pahr DH, Hublin JJ, Kivell TL. Ontogeny and variability of trabecular bone in the chimpanzee humerus, femur and tibia. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2018 12; 167(4):713-736. PMID: 30159927.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    6. Tsegai ZJ, Skinner MM, Pahr DH, Hublin JJ, Kivell TL. Systemic patterns of trabecular bone across the human and chimpanzee skeleton. J Anat. 2018 04; 232(4):641-656. PMID: 29344941; PMCID: PMC5835784.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    7. Tsegai ZJ, Stephens NB, Treece GM, Skinner MM, Kivell TL, Gee AH. Cortical bone mapping: An application to hand and foot bones in hominoids. Comptes Rendus Palevol. 2017; (16):690-701. View Publication.
    8. Tsegai ZJ, Skinner MM, Gee AH, Pahr DH, Treece GM, Hublin JJ, Kivell TL. Trabecular and cortical bone structure of the talus and distal tibia in Pan and Homo. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2017 08; 163(4):784-805. PMID: 28542704.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    9. Skinner MM, Stephens NB, Tsegai ZJ, Foote AC, Nguyen NH, Gross T, Pahr DH, Hublin JJ, Kivell TL. Human evolution. Response to Comment on "Human-like hand use in Australopithecus africanus". Science. 2015 Jun 05; 348(6239):1101. PMID: 26045429.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    10. Skinner MM, Stephens NB, Tsegai ZJ, Foote AC, Nguyen NH, Gross T, Pahr DH, Hublin JJ, Kivell TL. Human evolution. Human-like hand use in Australopithecus africanus. Science. 2015 Jan 23; 347(6220):395-9. PMID: 25613885.
      Citations: 48     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    11. Tsegai ZJ, Kivell TL, Gross T, Nguyen NH, Pahr DH, Smaers JB, Skinner MM. Trabecular bone structure correlates with hand posture and use in hominoids. PLoS One. 2013; 8(11):e78781. PMID: 24244359; PMCID: PMC3828321.
      Citations: 35     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
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