Mark Grabowski

Guest researcher

Academic interests

I started December 2014 as a Fulbright Scholar and visiting researcher working with Thomas Hansen on a number of projects including investigating the causes of primate brain size variation, the evolution of allometry, and primate teeth macroevolution.
My research focuses on applying the theories and methods of evolutionary quantitative genetics to hominin and primate evolution, with the aim of understanding the evolutionary processes that correspond to the patterns seen in the fossil record. I have applied these concepts exploring the evolution of bipedalism and the constraints on birth in modern humans and likely earlier hominins. I am leading up projects providing new estimates of hominin body sizes and exploring the evolutionary dynamics of human hip and hominin brain-body size evolution. 
Along with evolutionary morphology, my focus is on quantitative methods and I have received advanced training in univariate and multivariate statistics such as mixed-modeling, evolutionary and mathematical modeling and simulations, non-parametric statistics, and regression analysis, and am fluent in the R statistical programming language.

Tags: Evolutionary Biology, Human Evolution, Paleoanthropology, Quantitive Genetics, Brain and Body Size Evolution and Pelvic Evolution, Statistical Methods


1. M. Grabowski, K. Hatala, W.L. Jungers, and B.G. Richmond (2015) Body mass estimates of hominin fossils and the evolution of human body size. Journal of Human Evolution.

2. M. Grabowski and C.C. Roseman (2015) Complex and changing patterns of natural selection explain the evolution of the hominin hip. Journal of Human Evolution.

3. B. Wood and M. Grabowski (2015) Macroevolution within and around the hominin clade. In: Macroevolution: Explanation, Interpretation, Evidence. E. Serrelli and N. Gontier (eds.) Springer Publishing.

4. A. Zipkin, J. Hanchar, A. Brooks, M.W. Grabowski, J. Thompson, and E. Gomani-Chindebvu (2015) Ochre fingerprints: Distinguishing among Malawian mineral pigment sources with Homogenized Ochre Chip LA-ICPMSArchaeometry.

5. W.D. Hopkins, A. Meguerditchian, O. Coulon, S. Bogart, J. Mangin, C.C. Sherwood, M.W. Grabowski, A.J. Bennett, P.J. Pierre, S. Fears, R. Woods, P.R. Hof, and J. Vauclair (2014) Evolution of the central sulcus morphology in primates. Brain, Behavior and Evolution. 84: 19-30.

6. M.W. Grabowski (2013) Hominin obstetrics and evolutionary constraints. Evolutionary Biology 40.1:57-75.

7. M.W. Grabowski, J.D. Polk, and C.C. Roseman (2011) Divergent patterns of integration and reduced constraint in the human hip and the origins of bipedalism. Evolution 65.5:1336–1356.

  • Grabowski, Mark Walter; Hatala, Kevin G. & Jungers, William L. (2018). Body mass estimates of the earliest possible hominins and implications for the last common ancestor. Journal of Human Evolution.  ISSN 0047-2484.  122, s 84- 92 . doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2018.05.001
  • Grabowski, Mark Walter & Jungers, William L. (2017). Evidence of a chimpanzee-sized ancestor of humans but a gibbon-sized ancestor of apes. Nature Communications.  ISSN 2041-1723.  8(1) . doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-00997-4
  • Grabowski, Mark Walter & Porto, Arthur (2017). How many more? Sample size determination in studies of morphological integration and evolvability. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.  ISSN 2041-210X.  8(5), s 592- 603 . doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12674
  • Grabowski, Mark Walter (2016). Bigger brains led to bigger bodies? The correlated evolution of human brain and body size. Current Anthropology.  ISSN 0011-3204.  57(2), s 174- 196 . doi: 10.1086/685655
  • Grabowski, Mark Walter; Voje, Kjetil L. & Hansen, Thomas F (2016). Evolutionary modeling and correcting for observation error support a 3/5 brain-body allometry for primates. Journal of Human Evolution.  ISSN 0047-2484.  94, s 106- 116 . doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2016.03.001
  • Grabowski, Mark Walter; Hatala, Kevin G.; Jungers, William L. & Richmond, Brian G. (2015). Body mass estimates of hominin fossils and the evolution of human body size. Journal of Human Evolution.  ISSN 0047-2484.  85, s 75- 93 . doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2015.05.005
  • Grabowski, Mark Walter & Roseman, Charles C. (2015). Complex and changing patterns of natural selection explain the evolution of the human hip. Journal of Human Evolution.  ISSN 0047-2484.  85, s 94- 110 . doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2015.05.008

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  • Grabowski, Mark Walter (2016). Birth since the LCA: Reconstructing the twisted evolution of human parturition.

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