Aida Gomez-Robles

Aida Gomez-Robles

Postdoctoral Scientist
SEH 6950
Phone: 202-994-5923

Areas of Expertise

Dental morphology, geometric morphometrics, brain evolution.


Dr. Gómez-Robles has a very general interest in human evolution that ranges from classic descriptive studies of hominin fossils to EvoDevo questions and philosophical accounts of what makes us humans. During her Ph.D. research she had the opportunity to study mostly dental remains corresponding to the Pleistocene European fossil record, combining classic evaluations of dental morphology and modern geometric morphometric approaches in order to contribute new information to the ongoing debates about hominin taxonomy and phylogeny. Dr. Gómez-Robles works in GW's Laboratory for Evolutionary Neuroanatomy.

Current Research

As a postdoctoral scientist at Dr. Chet Sherwood's lab, Dr. Gómez-Robles studies brain evolution, with particular emphasis on the evolution of language and communication. In order to do this, we are evaluating brain asymmetries in language-related areas at the macro- and microstructural level in different primate species, with particular focus on the comparison of chimpanzees and humans.

  • Evaluation of cortical asymmetries in language-related areas in chimpanzees and humans.
  • MRI-based study of the relationship of gross morphological asymmetries with behavioral lateralization and communicative abilities in chimpanzees.
  • Geometric morphometric analysis of dental variation in hominins.


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Ph.D. 2010, National Research Centre for Human Evolution (Burgos, Spain) and Universidad de Granada
M.Sc. 2006, National Museum of Natural Sciences (Madrid, Spain) and Universidad de Granada
B.Sc. 2004, Universidad de Granada (Spain)


Articles and Book Chapters

2016  Gómez-Robles, A. "Paleoanthropology: The dawn of Homo floresiensis,: Nature 534: 188-189. doi:10.1038/534188a

2016  Gómez-Robles, A. "Paleoanthropology: What teeth tell us," Nature 530: 425-426.

2015  Gómez-Robles, A., Hopkins, W.D., Schapiro, S.J., Sherwood, C.C. "Relaxed genetic control of cortical organization in human brains compared with chimpanzees," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 112: 14799-14804.

2015  Gómez-Robles, A., Bermúdez de Castro, J.M., Martinón-Torres, M., Prado-Simón, L., Arsuaga, J.L. A geometric morphometric analysis of hominin lower molars. Evolutionary implications and overview of postcanine dental variation. Journal of Human Evolution 82: 34-50.

2014  Gómez-Robles, A., Hopkins, W.D., Sherwood, C.C. "Modular structure facilitates mosaic evolution of the brain in chimpanzees and humans," Nature Communications 5:4469 doi: 10.1038/ncomms5469.

2013  Gómez-Robles, A., Bermúdez de Castro, J.M., Arsuaga, J.L., Carbonell, E., Polly, P.D. "No known hominin species matches the expected dental morphology of the last common ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110, 18196-18201.

2012  Gómez-Robles, A.,Polly, P.D. "Morphological integration in the hominin dentition: evolutionary, developmental, and functional factors," Evolution 66(4): 1024-1043. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01508.x

2011  Gómez-Robles, A.,Martinón-Torres, M., Bermúdez de Castro, J.M., Prado-Simón, L., Arsuaga, J.L. "A geometric morphometric analysis of hominin upper premolars. Shape variation and morphological integration," Journal of Human Evolution 61(6): 688-702.

2011  Gómez-Robles, A., Olejniczak, A.J., Martinón-Torres, M., Prado-Simón, L., Bermúdez de Castro, J.M. "Evolutionary novelties and losses in geometric morphometrics: a practical approach through hominin molar morphology," Evolution 65(6): 1772-1790. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01244.x

2008  Gómez-Robles, A., Martinón-Torres, M., Bermúdez de Castro, J.M., Prado, L., Sarmiento, S., Arsuaga, J.L. "Geometric morphometric analysis of the crown morphology of the lower first premolar of hominins, with special attention to Pleistocene Homo," Journal of Human Evolution 55: 627-638.


2015. Young Investigator Award in Science and Technology. Fundación General UCM. (Spanish nation-wide award for researchers under 35 yr-old in all areas of science).

Classes Taught

Anth 1001 (old 001): Biological Anthropology


Last updated June 13, 2016