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Evolution of Diversity in Human Hair Form and Color

 The evolution of diversity in human hair form and color, with special emphasis on the evolution of the form and function of human scalp hair.  This group of studies is being pursued by graduate students Sandra Koch and Tina Lasisi, along with Nina Jablonski.  Our primary collaborators are Mark Shriver (Penn State) and Ophelia Dadzie (University College London).

 

 

Relevant Publications:

Koch, S. L., Liebowitz, C., Shriver, M. D., & Jablonski, N. G. (2020). Microscopical discrimination of human head hairs sharing a mitochondrial haplogroup. Journal of Forensic Sciences, Early View. doi:10.1111/1556-4029.14560

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. doi:10.1002/ajhb.23316

Koch, S. L., Shriver, M. D., & Jablonski, N. G. (2019). Variation in human hair ultrastructure among three biogeographic populations. Journal of Structural Biology, 205(1), 60-66. doi:10.1016/j.jsb.2018.11.008

Lasisi, T., Ito, S., Wakamatsu, K., Shriver, M. D., & Jablonski, N. G. (2018). More than meets the eye: What chemical analyses can reveal about hair color. Poster presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 165(S66), 153.

Dadzie, O. E., Lasisi, T., & Jablonski, N. G. (2017). The anthropology of human scalp hair. In N. A. Vashi & H. I. Maibach (Eds.), Dermatoanthropology of Ethnic Skin and Hair (pp. 315-330). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Lasisi, T., Ito, S., Wakamatsu, K., & Shaw, C. N. (2016). Quantifying variation in human scalp hair fiber shape and pigmentation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 160(2), 341-352. doi:10.1002/ajpa.22971

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. doi:10.1016/j.det.2013.11.003

Deedrick, D. W., & Koch, S. L. (2004). Microscopy of hair part I: A practical guide and manual for human hairs. Forensic Science Communications, 6(1).