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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.
B.A., Anthropology and Archaeological Studies, Yale University, 2017
Advisor: Bernard Wood
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.
2016-2017 Villa Romana Poggio Gramignano Archaeological Project, Lugnano, Italy, University of Arizona.
2016 Sanisera and Portus Iulius Underwater Archaeology Field School, Sanisera Archaeology Institute.
2016 Tel Beth-Shemesh Archaeological Field School, Bet-Shemesh, Israel. Institute for Field Research.
2015-2017 Student osteology consultant for Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Division of Anthropology
2015 Transylvania Bioarchaeology Field School, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Durham University.
2014-2017 Assistant at Yale Biological Anthropology Laboratories (YBAL).
2014-2017 Research assistant for Yale University Archaeology Laboratories Malaria Project (YUALMP).
2017 Distinction in the Major of Anthropology, Yale University.
2017 Distinction in the Major of Archaeological Studies, Yale University.
2017 Peter & Marion Schwartz Senior Essay Prize for best essay in Biological Anthropology.
2017 Gregory Yamanaka Prize Senior Essay Prize for best essay associated with the Yale Peabody Museum.
2015-2017 Michael D. Coe Summer Fieldwork Fund, Yale University Council on Archaeological Studies.