John Hawks




John is an anthropologist, and he studies the bones and genes of ancient humans. He has worked on almost every part of our evolutionary story, from the very origin of our lineage among the apes up to the last 10,000 years of our history.

His work has taken him to Africa, Asia, and Europe, where he has measured thousands of bones and investigated dozens of archaeological sites. In his lab, they work with the bioinformatics of whole genome sequences from hundreds of living people (and a few ancient ones) to uncover the patterns of relationships that connect them. He is an expert in population dynamics and the process of natural selection on both genes and morphological traits. He has used his work in genetics and skeletal biology to form rich collaborations with colleagues in a dozen countries. He loves to discover new friends in new places!

His academic position is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Right now, he is Associate Chair of Anthropology, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Faculty Fellow, and an associate member of both the Department of Zoology and the J. F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution. He is the recent recipient of the UW's H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship and its Vilas Associate award. He has been at the University since 2002.

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Introduction to the science of human origins, the fossil and archaeological record, and genetic ancestry of living and ancient human populations. The course emphasizes the ways our evolution touches our lives, including health and diet, and explores how deep history may shape the future of our species.

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