Kieran P McNulty

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, City University of New York, 2003.
  • M.Phil.: Anthropology, City University of New York, 2000.
  • M.A.: Anthropology, Hunter College, 1998.
  • A.B.: Anthropology, Dartmouth College, 1995.


  • Paleoanthropology
  • Human and primate evolution
  • Geometric morphometrics
  • Cranial evolution and ontogeny
  • East Africa
Courses Taught
  • ANTH 1001: Human Evolution
  • ANTH 1101: Human Biological Diversity
  • ANTH 3401/5401: The Human Fossil Record
  • ANTH 5403: Quantitative Methods in Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 3405/5405: Human Skeletal Analysis
  • ANTH 5113/8113: Primate Evolution
  • ANTH 8111: Evolutionary Morphology
  • KE Jenkins, S Nightingale, JT Faith, DJ Peppe, LA Michel, SG Driese, KP McNulty, CA Tryon (2017) New excavations at Wakondo (Rusinga Island, Kenya): Middle Stone Age exploitation of a catastrophic death assemblage of the extinct bovid, Rusingoryx atopocranion. Journal of Human Evolution 108: 72-91.
  • KP McNulty (2016). Hominin taxonomy and phylogeny: what's in a name? Nature Education Knowledge 7(1): 2.
  • S Cote, KP McNulty, NJ Stevens, IO Nengo (2016). A detailed assessment of the maxillary morphology of Limnopithecus evansi with implications for the taxonomy of the genus. Journal of Human Evolution 94: 83-91.
  • KB Carlson, DJ de Ruiter, TJ DeWitt, KP McNulty, KJ Carlson, P Tafforeau, LR Berger (2016). Developmental simulation of the adult cranial morphology of Australopithecus sediba. South African Journal Science 112(7/8), Art. #2016-0012, 9 pages.
  • D Geraads, T Lehmann, DJ Peppe, KP McNulty (2016). New Rhinocerotidae from the Kisingiri localities (Lower Miocene of Western Kenya). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 36: e1103247
  • JA Ledogar, AL Smith, S Benazzi, GW Weber, MA Spencer, KP Carlson, KP McNulty, et al. (2016). Mechanical evidence that Australopithecus sediba was limited in its ability to eat hard foods. Nature Communications 7: 10596.
  • KP McNulty, editor (2015). Paleontology and Primate Evolution, Scitable: Biological Anthropology. Nature Education Knowledge.
  • KP McNulty, DR Begun, J Kelley, FK Manthi, EN Mbua (2015). A systematic revision of Proconsul with the description of a new genus of early Miocene hominoid. Journal of Human Evolution 84, 42-61.
  • KP McNulty, CJ Vinyard (2015). Morphometry, geometry, function and the future. The Anatomical Record 298, 328-333.
  • ND Garrett, DL Fox, KP McNulty, CA Tryon, JT Faith, DJ Peppe, A Van Plantinga (2015). Stable isotopic paleoecology of late Pleistocene Middle Stone Age humans in equatorial East Africa, Lake Victoria, Kenya. Journal of Human Evolution 82, 1-14.
  • RP Knigge, MW Tocheri, CM Orr, KP McNulty (2015). The relationship between talar morphology and habitual substrate use among living gorilla taxa assessed using 3D geometric morphometrics. The Anatomical Record 298, 277-290.
  • B Shearer, PS Ungar, KP McNulty, WEH Harcourt-Smith, HM Dunsworth, MF Teaford (2015). Dental microwear profilometry of African non-cercopithecoid catarrhines of the Early Miocene. Journal of Human Evolution 78, 33-43.
  • LA Michel, DJ Peppe, JA Lutz, SG Driese, HM Dunsworth, WEH Harcourt-Smith, W Horner, T Lehmann, S Nightengale, KP McNulty (2014). Remnants of an ancient forest provide ecological context for Early Miocene fossil apes. Nature Communications 5: 3236. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4236.
  • KL Baab, KP McNulty, K Harvati (2013). A comprehensive comparison of the Homo floresiensis cranium to pathological humans and extinct hominins. PLoS ONE 8, e69119.
  • K Kovarovic, R Slepkov, KP McNulty (2013). Ecological continuity between Lower and Upper Bed II, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Journal of Human Evolution 64, 538-555.
  • JL Conrad, K Jenkins, T Lehmann, FK Manthi, DJ Peppe, S Nightingale, A Cossette, HM Dunsworth, WEH Harcourt-Smith, KP McNulty (2013). New specimens of 'Crocodyluspigotti (Crocodylidae) from Rusinga Island, Kenya, and generic re-allocation of the species. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33, 629-646.
  • DP Maxbauer, DJ Peppe, M Bamford, KP McNulty, WEH Harcourt-Smith, LE Davis (2013). A morphotype catalog and paleoenvironmental interpretations of early Miocene fossil leaves from the Hiwegi Formation, Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya. Paleontologia Electronica 16: 28A, 19p.
  • KP McNulty (2012). Evolutionary development in Australopithecus africanus. Evolutionary Biology 39: 488-498.
  • KL Baab, KP McNulty, FJ Rohlf (2012). The shape of human evolution: a geometric morphometrics perspective. Evolutionary Anthropology 21, 151-165.[cover article]
  • PS Ungar, JR Scott, S Curran, HM Dunsworth, WEH Harcourt-Smith, T Lehmann, FK Manthi, KP McNulty (2012). Early Neogene environments in East Africa: evidence from dental microwear of tragulids. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 342-343, 84-96.
  • RJ Sherwood, KP McNulty (2011). Dissecting the Genetic Architecture of Craniofacial Shape. In (PE Lestrel, ed.) Biological Shape Analysis: Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium. Singapore: World Scientific pp. 145-171.
  • KP McNulty, KL Baab (2010). Keeping Asymmetry in LB1 in Perspective: A Reply to Eckhardt and Henneberg. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143, 337-339.
  • C Tryon, JT Faith, DJ Peppe, DL Fox, KP McNulty, K Jenkins, HM Dunsworth, WEH Harcourt-Smith (2010). The Pleistocene archaeology and environments of the Wasiriya Beds, Rusinga Island, Kenya. Journal of Human Evolution 59, 657-671.
  • KP McNulty (2010). Apes and tricksters: the evolution and diversification of humans’ closest relatives. Evolution: Education and Outreach 3, 322-332.
  • G Monnier, KP McNulty (2010). Questioning the link between stone tool standardization and behavioral modernity. In (S Lycett, P Chauhan, eds) New Perspectives on Old Stones: Analytical Approaches to Palaeolithic Technologies. New York: Springer, pp. 61-81.
  • M Singleton, KP McNulty, SR Frost, J Soderberg, EH Guthrie (2010). Bringing up baby: developmental simulation of the adult cranial morphology of Rungwecebus kipunji. The Anatomical Record 293, 388-401.
  • KL Baab, KP McNulty (2009). Scaling and asymmetry in fossil hominins: the status of the LB1 cranium based on 3D morphometric analyses. Journal of Human Evolution 57, 608-622.
  • KP McNulty (2009). Computing singular warps from Procrustes aligned coordinates. Journal of Human Evolution 57, 191-194.
  • DJ Peppe, KP McNulty, S Cote, WEH Harcourt-Smith, HM Dunsworth, JA Van Couvering (2009). Stratigraphic interpretation of the Kulu Formation (Early Miocene, Rusinga Island, Kenya) and its implications for primate evolution. Journal of Human Evolution 56, 447-461.
  • KP McNulty, SR Frost, DS Strait (2006). Examining affinities of the Taung child by developmental simulation. Journal of Human Evolution 51, 274-296.
  • K Harvati, SR Frost, KP McNulty (2006). Neandertaler: Vorfahren oder entfernte Verwandte? In (G. Uelsberg, Ed.) Roots//Wurzeln der Menschheit. Katalog zur Ausstellung. Bonn: Rheinisches LandesMuseum Bonn, pp. 133-139.
  • KP McNulty (2005). A geometric morphometric assessment of the hominoid supraorbital region: affinities of the Eurasian Miocene hominoids Dryopithecus, Graecopithecus, and Sivapithecus. In (DE Slice, ed) Modern Morphometrics in Physical Anthropology. New York: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 349-373.
  • K Harvati, SR Frost, KP McNulty (2005). Neanderthal variation and taxonomy“”a reply to Ackermann (2005) and Ahern et al. (2005). Journal of Human Evolution 48, 653-660.
  • KP McNulty (2004). A geometric morphometric assessment of hominoid crania: conservative African apes and their liberal implications. Annals of Anatomy 186, 429-434.
  • K Harvati, SR Frost, KP McNulty (2004). Neanderthal taxonomy reconsidered: Implications of 3D primate models of intra- and interspecific differences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 101, 1147-1152.
  • KP McNulty (2002). Myths and conceptions of Darwin: refocusing and refuting arguments against evolution. In (A Chesworth, S Hill, K Lipovsky, E Snyder, W Chesworth, eds) Darwin Day Collection One: The Single Best Idea, Ever. Albuquerque: Tangled Bank Press, pp. 277-285.