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Dr Conrad Brimacombe

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Conrad Brimacombe is a Senior Teaching Associate in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Bristol. He completed his doctoral studies investigating the relationship between skeletal and dental development in chimpanzees and bonobos. This information has been applied to the study of fossil hominids and has included a focus on reviewing and revising methodological approaches. He is particularly interested in isolating the mechanisms that drive epiphyseal fusion patterning. Understanding why these patterns have evolved is a critical and necessary step before applying this knowledge to the assessment of fossil species. Linking morphological and behavioural adaptations to a broader range of species is a key component of understanding what drives these adaptations.

Conrad’s current research focuses on using bioinformatic approaches for understanding ancient human migration patterns and how changes in environmental conditions have affected health using ancient DNA. Of particular interest is how the shift towards agriculture, dairying, and sedentism have increased selective pressure for genes relating to immunological function and lactase persistence.

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