Ryan McRae is interested in the phylogenetic relationships between extinct taxa of great apes and human ancestors. Specifically, how species can be recognized in the fossil record and how extant taxa can be used as models of hominid evolutionary relationships and trends. Additionally, he is passionate about scientific outreach and public understanding of science.
McRae, R.T. and Aronsen, G.P. (2018). Inventory and Assessment of the Gorilla gorilla (Savage, 1847) Skeletal Collection Housed at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History. In Press.
Aronsen, G.P., McRae, R.T., and Kirkham, M. (2018). Diet, Disease, Diversity, and Death: Discoveries within the Yale Peabody Museum African Ape Collection. 87th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
McRae, R.T. and Aronsen, G.P. (2017). Trauma, Growth, and Death: An analysis of Gorilla gorilla life history from the specimens at the Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History (YPM). 86th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
McRae, R.T., Aronsen, G.P., and Gredell, E. (2017). Bones, Beads, and Birds: Determining Cultural Affiliation of Skeletal Remains and Artifacts from Casuarina Mound, Brevard County, Florida. 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.