2020-09-01 - 2020-12-31 | Research area: EvoDevo
Lumila Menedez current project is focused on studying cranial and bony labyrinth variation of South American human samples, for evaluating the role of random (e.g. genetic drift) and non-random (i.e. selection, plasticity) factors in shaping the morphological diversification through the Holocene. The results of this project will advance on the understanding of cranial variation during human evolution, as well as provide insights on the peopling of the Americas debate, contribute to the current discussion on the role of evolutionary and other factors involved on morphological diversification, and provide insights to combine different kinds of data and methods for reconstructing population history, and strengthen the power of virtual anthropology for providing high-quality quantitative and reproducible data. She investigates this by applying geometric morphometrics, multivariate statistics, and virtual anthropology methods. Complementarily, she is actively collaborating with geneticists, biologists, linguists, philosophers of biology, and archaeologists for combining different kinds of data and methods that allow arriving to a better scientific comprehension.