Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name O'Connell, James F.
Location University of Utah
Primary Field Anthropology
Secondary Field Human Environmental Sciences
 Election Citation
O'Connell is an expert in ethnoarchaeology and in applying quantitative models in archaeology. He has modeled Pleistocene hunting/gathering strategies, brought Australian prehistory to prominence in human origins research, and developed evolutionary models that explain the morphology and archaeology of ancient and modern humans.
 Research Interests
Two topics: 1) the evolution of post-menopausal longevity in genus Homo, and 2) the initial human colonization of Sahul (Pleistocene Australia-New Guinea) and its implications for current ideas about human behavior in the Late Pleistocene.

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