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Education

  1. 1975 A.B., Bryn Mawr College (Biology)
  2. 1978 Ph.C., University of Washington (Anthropology)
  3. 1981 Ph.D., University of Washington (Anthropology)
  4. 2010 DPhil, honoris causa, Stellenbosch University

Biography

Research Activities and Interests:

  • Evolution of human skin and skin pigmentation:  Study of the origin and evolution of functionally naked and pigmented integument in humans, including the health consequences of skin pigmentation, and the evolution of touch and body decoration.
  • Evolution of human hair, including studies of the origin, diversity and function of scalp hair, facial hair, and body hair.
  • Construction of knowledge and attitudes about human physical diversity, especially the origins and consequences of skin-color-based concepts of race.
  • Educating about the nature and meaning of human evolution and human physical variation in informal and formal learning environments.
  • Primate evolution, with emphasis on the evolution of primate lineages in relation to environmental change, including illumination of the history of adaptation, and the relationship between environmental change and the evolution of life histories and diet in primates and humans.
  • Evolution of hominid bipedalism, including identification of the behaviors which triggered the initial transition to bipedal posture and locomotion in the human lineage, and the remnants of these behaviors evident today.

 

Courses Taught:

  • Primatology (ANTH 405, Fall 2020, Fall 2021)

Selected Publications:

Books:

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • Jablonski, N.G. (2021). How to evolve a thick skin. Current Biology.
  • Jablonski, N.G. (2021). The evolution of human skin pigmentation involved the interactions of genetic, environmental, and cultural variables. Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research, Accepted Article. https://doi.org/10.1111/pcmr.12976 PMID: 33825328.
  • Savoldi, F., Montalvao, C., Hui, L., Leung, C.K.K., Jablonski, N.G., Tsoi, J.K.H., Bornstein, M.M. (2021) The Human Bone Collection of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong: History and description of cranial and postcranial skeletal remains. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Early View. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24273 PMID: 33772761.
  • Sun, F.J., Wang, Y., Jablonski, N.G., Hou, S.K., Ji, X.P, Wolff, B., Tripati, A., Cao, J.Y., Yang, X. (2021) Paleoenvironment of the late Miocene Shuitangba hominoids from Yunnan, Southwest China: Insights from stable isotopes. Chemical Geology, 569: 120123. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2021.120123
  • Chen, HY., Jablonski, N.G. (2021) Deeper than the surface: Exploring symbolic cultural cues behind skin color among three groups of women of Chinese heritage. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41290-020-00124-9
  • Jablonski, N. G. (2020). Skin color and race. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Early View. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24200
  • Koch, S. L., Liebowitz, C., Shriver, M. D., & Jablonski, N. G. (2021). Microscopical discrimination of human head hairs sharing a mitochondrial haplogroup. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 66(1), 56-71. https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.14560
  • Jablonski, N. G. (2020). Social and affective touch in primates and its role in the evolution of social cohesion. Neuroscience, In Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2020.11.024
  • Wolf, S.T., Jablonski, N.G., Ferguson, S.B., Alexander, L.M., and Kenney, W.L. (2020) Four weeks of vitamin D supplementation improves nitric oxide-mediated microvascular function in college-aged African Americans. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 319: H906–H914. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpheart.00631.2020
  • Jablonski, N. G., Ji, X., Kelley, J., Flynn, L. J., Deng, C., & Su, D. F. (2020). Mesopithecus pentelicus from Zhaotong, China, the easternmost representative of a widespread Miocene cercopithecoid species. Journal of Human Evolution, 146, 102851. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2020.102851
  • Khan, M. A., Kelley, J., Flynn, L. J., Babar, M. A., & Jablonski, N. G. (2020). New fossils of Mesopithecus from Hasnot, Pakistan. Journal of Human Evolution, 145, 102818. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2020.102818
  • Koch, S. L., Tridico, S. R., Bernard, B. A., Shriver, M. D., & Jablonski, N. G. (2020). The biology of human hair: A multidisciplinary review. American Journal of Human Biology, 32(2), e23316. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23316
  • Wolf, S. T., Jablonski, N. G., & Kenney, W. L. (2020). Examining “race” in physiology. American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 319(6), H1409-H1413. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpheart.00698.2020
  • Quillen, E. E., Norton, H. L., Parra, E. J. Lona-Durazo, F., Ang, K. C., Iliescu, F. M., Pearson, L. M., Shriver, M. D., Lasisi, T., Gokcumen, O., Starr, I., Lin, Y.-L., Martin, A. R., & Jablonski, N. G. (2019). Shades of complexity: New perspectives on the evolution and genetic architecture of human skin. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 168(S67), 4-26. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.23737
  • Sheng, G., Basler, N., Ji, X.-P., Paijmans, J. L. A., Alberti, G., Preick, M., Hartmann, S., Westbury, M. V., Yuan, J.-X., Jablonski, N. G., Xenikoudakis, G., Hou, H.-D., Xiao, B., Liu, J.-H., Hofreiter, M., Lai, X.-L., & Barlow, A. (2019). Palaeogenome reveals genetic contribution of extinct giant panda to extant populations. Current Biology, 29(10), 1695-1700.e1696. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.04.021
  • Wright, E. A., Wagner, J. K., Shriver, M. D., Fernandez, J. R., & Jablonski, N. G. (2019). Practical and ethical considerations of using personal DNA tests with middle-school-aged learners. The American Journal of Human Genetics, 104(2), 197-202. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajhg.2019.01.001
  • Chen, H.-Y., Yarnal, C., Chick, G., & Jablonski, N. G. (2018). Egg white or sun-kissed: A cross-cultural exploration of skin color and women's leisure behavior. Sex Roles, 78, 255-271. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-017-0785-4
  • Geller, A. C., Jablonski, N. G, Pagoto, S. L., Hay, J. L., Hillhouse, J., Buller, D. B., Kenney, W. L., Robinson, J. K., Weller, R. B., Moreno, M. A., Gilchrest, B. A., Sinclair, C., Arndt, J., Taber, J. M., Morris, K. L. Dwyer, L. A., Perna, F. M., Klein, W. M., & Suls, J. M. (2018). Interdisciplinary perspectives on sun safety. JAMA Dermatology, 154(1), 88-92. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/2661597
  • Hlusko, L. J., Carlson, J. P., Chaplin, G., Elias, S. A., Hoffecker, J. F., Huffman, M., Jablonski, N. G., Monson, T. A., O'Rourke, D. H., Pilloud, M. A., & Scott, G. R. (2018). Environmental selection during the last ice age on the mother-to-infant transmission of vitamin D and fatty acids through breast milk. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(19), E4426-E4432. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1711788115
  • Iliescu, F. M., Chaplin, G., Rai, N. Jacobs, G. S., Basu Mallick, C., Mishra, A. Thangaraj, K., & Jablonski, N. G. (2018). The influence of genes, the environment, and social factors on the evolution of skin color diversity in India. American Journal of Human Biology, 30(5), e23170. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23170
  • Jablonski, N. G. (2018). Evolution of human skin color and vitamin D. In D. Feldman (Ed.), Vitamin D (4th ed., Vol. 1: Biochemistry, Physiology and Diagnostics, pp. 29-44): Academic Press.
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Chaplin, G. (2018). The roles of vitamin D and cutaneous vitamin D production in human evolution and health. International Journal of Paleopathology, 23, 54-59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpp.2018.01.005
  • Lucock, M., Rohith, T., Garg, M., Martin, C., Jones, P., Furst, J., Yates, Z., Jablonski, N. G., Chaplin, G., Veysey, M., Sutherland, J., & Beckett, E. (2018). Vitamin D and folate: A reciprocal environmental association based on seasonality and genetic disposition. American Journal of Human Biology, 30(5), e23166. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23166
  • Sheng, G. L., Barlow, A., Cooper, C., Hou, X.D., Ji, X. P, Jablonski, N. G., Zhong, B. J., Liu, H., Flynn, L. J., Yuan, J-X., Wang, L.-R., Basler, N. Hofreiter, M., & Lai, X. L. (2018). Ancient DNA from giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) of Southwestern China reveals genetic diversity loss during the Holocene. Genes, 9(4), 198. http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4425/9/4/198
  • Wolf, S. T., Stanhewicz, A. E., Jablonski, N. G., & Kenney, W. L. (2018). Acute ultraviolet radiation exposure attenuates nitric oxide-mediated vasodilation in the cutaneous microvasculature of healthy humans. Journal of Applied Physiology, 125(4), 1232-1237. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00501.2018
  • Beckett, E., Jones, P., Veysey, Duesing, K., Martin, C., Furst, J., Yates, Z., Jablonski, N. G., Chaplin, G., & Lucock, M. (2017). VDR gene methylation as a molecular adaption to light exposure: Historic, recent and genetic influences. American Journal of Human Biology, 29(5), e23010. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23010
  • Cuthill, I. C, Allen, W. L., Arbuckle, K., Caspers, B., Chaplin, G., Hauber, M. E., Hill G. E., Jablonski, N. G., Jiggins, C., Kelber, I., Mappes J., Marshall, J., Merrill, M. Osorio, D., Prum, R., Roberts, N. W., Roulin, A., Rowland, H., Sherratt, T. N., Skelhorn, J., Speed, M. P., Stevens, M., Stoddard, M. C., Stuart-Fox, D., Talas, L., Tibbetts, E., & Caro, T. (2017). The biology of color. Science, 357(6350). http://science.sciencemag.org/content/357/6350/eaan0221
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Chaplin, G. (2017). The colours of humanity: The evolution of pigmentation in the human lineage. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 372(1724). https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2016.0349
  • Lucock, M., Beckett, E., Martin, C., Jones, P. Furst, J., Yates, Z., Jablonski, N. G., Chaplin, G. & Veysey, M. (2017). UV-associated decline in systemic folate: Implications for human nutrigenetics, health, and evolutionary processes. American Journal of Human Biology, 29(2), e22929. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.22929
  • Bushman, B. J., Newman, K., Calvert, S. L. , Downey, G., Dredze, M., Gottfredson, M., Jablonski, N. G., Masten, A., Morrill, C., Neill, D. B., Romer, D., & Webster, D. W. (2016). Youth violence: What we know and what we need to know. American Psychologist, 71(1), 17-39. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0039687
  • Hubbard, T. D, Murray, I. A., Bisson, W. H. Sullivan, A. P., Sebastian, A., Perry, G. H., Jablonski, N. G., & Perdew, G. H. (2016). Divergent Ah receptor ligand selectivity during hominin evolution. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33, 2648-2658. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msw143
  • Kelley, E. A., Jablonski, N. G., Chaplin, G., Sussman, R. W., & Kamilar, J. M. (2016). Behavioral thermoregulation in Lemur catta: The significance of sunning and huddling behaviors. American Journal of Primatology, 78(7), 745-754. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajp.22538
  • Coussens, A. K., Naude, C. E., Goliath, R., Chaplin, G., Wilkinson, R. J., & Jablonski, N. G. (2015). High-dose vitamin D3 reduces deficiency caused by low UVB exposure and limits HIV-1 replication in urban Southern Africans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(26), 8052-8057. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1500909112
  • Chaplin, G., Jablonski, N. G., Sussman, R. W., & Kelley, E. A. (2014). The role of piloerection in primate thermoregulation. Folia Primatologica, 85(1), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1159/000355007
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Chaplin, G. (2014). The evolution of skin pigmentation and hair texture in people of African ancestry. Dermatologic Clinics, 32(2), 113-121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.det.2013.11.003
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Chaplin, G. (2014). Skin cancer was not a potent selective force in the evolution of protective pigmentation in early hominins. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1789). https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.0517
  • Jablonski, N. G., Su, D. F., Flynn, F. J., Ji, X., Deng, C., Kelley, J., Xhang, Y., Yin, J., You, Y., & Yang, X. (2014). The site of Shuitangba (Yunnan, China) preserves a unique, Terminal Miocene fauna. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 34(5), 1251-1257. https://doi.org/10.1080/02724634.2014.843540
  • Chaplin, G., & Jablonski, N. G. (2013). The human environment and the vitamin D compromise: Scotland as a case study in human biocultural adaptation and disease susceptibility. Human Biology, 85(4), 529-552. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/534222
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Chaplin, G. (2013). Epidermal pigmentation in the human lineage is an adaptation to ultraviolet radiation. Journal of Human Evolution, 65(5), 671-675. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2013.06.004
  • Ji, X., Jablonski, N. G., Su, D. F., Deng, C., Flynn, L. J., You, Y., & Kelley, J. (2013). Juvenile hominoid cranium from the terminal Miocene of Yunnan, China. Chinese Science Bulletin, 58(31), 3771-3779. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11434-013-6021-x
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Chaplin, G. (2012). Human skin pigmentation, migration and disease susceptibility. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 367(1590), 785-792. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2011.0308
  • Jablonski, N. G., Ji, X., Hong, L., Zheng, L., Flynn, L. J., & Li, Z. (2012). Remains of Holocene giant pandas from Jiangdong Mountain (Yunnan, China) and their relevance to the evolution of quaternary environments in south-western China. Historical Biology, 24(5), 527-536. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08912963.2011.640400
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Chaplin, G. (2010). Human skin pigmentation as an adaptation to UV radiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(Supplement 2), 8962-8968. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0914628107
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Frost, S. (2010). Cercopithecoidea. In L. Werdelin & W. J. Sanders (Eds.), Cenozoic Mammals of Africa (pp. 393-428). Berkeley, CA: University of California.
  • Chaplin, G., & Jablonski, N. G. (2009). Vitamin D and the evolution of human depigmentation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 139(4), 451-461. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.21079
  • Jablonski, N. G. (2005). Primate diversity and environmental seasonality in historical perspective. In D. K. Brockman & C. P. van Schaik (Eds.), Primate Seasonality (pp. 465 - 488). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Jablonski, N. G. (2005). Primate homeland: Forests and the evolution of primates during the Tertiary and Quaternary in Asia. Anthropological Science, 113(1), 117-122. https://doi.org/10.1537/ase.04S016
  • McBrearty, S., & Jablonski, N. G. (2005). First fossil chimpanzee. Nature, 437(7055), 105-108. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature04008
  • Jablonski, N. G. (2004). The evolution of human skin and skin color. Annual Review of Anthropology, 33, 585-623. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.anthro.33.070203.143955
  • Jablonski, N. G. (2004). The hippo's tale: How the anatomy and physiology of Late Neogene Hexaprotodon shed light on Late Neogene environmental change. Quaternary International, 117(1), 119-123. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1040-6182(03)00121-6
  • Jablonski, N. G. (2003). The evolution of the tarsiid niche. In P. C. Wright, E. L. Simons, & S. Gursky (Eds.), Tarsiers:  Past, Present, and Future (pp. 35-49). New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
  • Jablonski, N. G., Ji, X., Chaplin, G., Wang, L., Yang, S., Li, G., & Li, Z. (2003). A preliminary report on new and previously known vertebrate paleontological sites in Baoshan Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 54(11), 209-224. http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/scipubs/pdfs/v54/proccas_v54_n11.pdf
  • Jablonski, N. G., Chaplin, G., & McNamara, K. J. (2002). Natural selection and the evolution of hominid patterns of growth and development. In N. Minugh-Purvis & K. J. McNamara (Eds.), Human Evolution through Developmental Change (pp. 189-206). Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Jablonski, N. G., Leakey, M. G., Kiarie, C., & Anton, M. (2002). A new skeleton of Theropithecus brumpti (Primates: Cercopithecidae) from Lomekwi, West Turkana, Kenya. Journal of Human Evolution, 43(6), 887-923. https://doi.org/10.1006/jhev.2002.0607
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Chaplin, G. (2000). The evolution of human skin coloration. Journal of Human Evolution, 39(1), 57-106. https://doi.org/10.1006/jhev.2000.0403
  • Jablonski, N. G., Whitfort, M. J., Roberts-Smith, N., & Xu, Q. (2000). The influence of life history and diet on the distribution of catarrhine primates during the Pleistocene in eastern Asia. Journal of Human Evolution, 39(2), 131-157. https://doi.org/10.1006/jhev.2000.0405
  • Chaplin, G., & Jablonski, N. G. (1998). Hemispheric difference in human skin color. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 107(2), 221-224. https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1096-8644(199810)107:2<221::AID-AJPA8>3.0.CO;2-X
  • Chaplin, G., & Jablonski, N. G. (1998). The integument of the odd-nosed colobines. In N. G. Jablonski (Ed.), The Natural History of the Doucs and Snub-nosed Monkeys (pp. 79-104). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co.
  • Jablonski, N. G. (1998). The evolution of the doucs and snub-nosed monkeys and the question of the phyletic unity of the odd-nosed colobines. In N. G. Jablonski (Ed.), The Natural History of the Doucs and Snub-nosed Monkeys (pp. 13-52). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co.
  • Jablonski, N. G. (1998). The response of catarrhine primates to Pleistocene environmental fluctuations in East Asia. Primates, 39(1), 29-37. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02557741
  • Jablonski, N. G. (1998). Ultraviolet light-induced neural tube defects in amphibian larvae and their impliations for the evolution of melanized pigmentation and declines in amphibian populations. Journal of Herpetology, 32(3), 455-457. https://doi.org/10.2307/1565466   
  • Jablonski, N. G. (1995). The phyletic position and systematics of the douc langurs of Southeast Asia. American Journal of Primatology, 35(3), 185-205. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajp.1350350303
  • Chaplin, G., Jablonski, N. G., & Cable, N. T. (1994). Physiology, thermoregulation and bipedalism. Journal of Human Evolution, 27(6), 497-510. https://doi.org/10.1006/jhev.1994.1066
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Crompton, R. H. (1994). Feeding behavior, mastication, and tooth wear in the western tarsier (Tarsius bancanus). International Journal of Primatology, 15(1), 29-59. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02735233
  • Jablonski, N. G. (1993). The evolution of the masticatory apparatus in Theropithecus. In N. G. Jablonski (Ed.), Theropithecus: The Rise and Fall of a Primate Genus (pp. 299-329). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Jablonski, N. G. (1993). The phylogeny of Theropithecus. In N. G. Jablonski (Ed.), Theropithecus: The Rise and Fall of a Primate Genus (pp. 209-224). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Jablonski, N. G. (1993). Quaternary environments and the evolution of primates in east Asia, with notes on two new specimens of fossil cercopithecidae from China. Folia Primatologica, 60(1-2), 118-132. https://doi.org/10.1159/000156681
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Chaplin, G. (1993). Origin of habitual terrestrial bipedalism in the ancestor of the Hominidae. Journal of Human Evolution, 24(4), 259-280. https://doi.org/10.1006/jhev.1993.1021
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Peng, Y.-Z. (1993). The phylogenetic relationships and classification of the doucs and snub-nosed langurs of China and Vietnam. Folia Primatologica, 60(1-2), 36-55. https://doi.org/10.1159/000156674
  • Jablonski, N. G. (1992). Dental agenesis as evidence of possible genetic isolation in the colobine monkey, Rhinopithecus roxellana. Primates, 33(3), 371-376. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02381198
  • Jablonski, N. G. (1992). Sun, skin colour and spina bifida: An exploration of the relationship between solar ultraviolet radiation, skin colour and neural tube defects. In N. W. Bruce (Ed.), Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Human Biology (pp. 455-462). Perth: Centre for Human Biology.
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Gu, Y. (1991). A reassessment of Megamacaca lantianensis, a large monkey from the Pleistocene of north-central China. Journal of Human Evolution, 20(1), 51-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/0047-2484(91)90045-W
  • Jablonski, N. G., & Shum, B. S. F. (1989). Identification of unknown human remains by comparison of antemortem and postmortem radiographs. Forensic Science International, 42(3), 221-230. https://doi.org/10.1016/0379-0738(89)90089-3
  • Jablonski, N. G. (1986). The hand of Theropithecus brumpti. In J. G. Else & P. C. Lee (Eds.), Primate Evolution (Vol. Volume 1, pp. 173-182). Cambridge, UK: Cambrige University Press.
  • Eck, G. G., & Jablonski, N. G. (1984). A reassessment of the taxonomic status and phyletic relationships of Papio baringensis and Papio quadratirostris (Primates: Cercopithecidae). American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 65(2), 109-134. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.1330650204
  • McKenna, J. J. I., Jablonski, N. G., & Fearnhead, R. W. (1984). A method of matching skulls with photographic portraits using landmarks and measurements of the dentition. Journal of Forensic Science, 29(3), 787-797. https://doi.org/10.1520/JFS11737J

 

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    Research Interests

    Paleoanthropology, Human adaptation, Evolution of human skin, Skin pigmentation, Human diversity, Race and racism, STEM education