Jeffrey H. Schwartz

  • Emeritus Professor of Anthropology

Jeffrey Schwartz is a physical anthropologist whose research and teaching cover three major areas: the exploration of method, theory, and philosophy in evolutionary biology through focusing on problems involving the origin and subsequent diversification of extinct as well as extant primates, from prosimians to humans and apes; human and faunal skeletal analysis of archaeological recovered remains, particularly from historical sites of the circum-Mediterranean region; and dentofacial growth and development in Homo sapiens as well as mammals in general. Schwartz has done fieldwork in the United States, England, Israel, Cyprus, and Tunisia and museum research in the mammal and vertebrate paleontology collections of major museums in the United States, Great Britain, Europe, and Africa.


  • Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • Introduction to Human Evolution
  • Human Origins

Representative Publications

2006. "Putting a face on the first president." Scientific American, 294: 84-91.

2006. "Molecular Systematics and Evolution." In Encyclopedia of Molecular Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, Vol. 8. Ed: Meyers RA. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany. pp 515-540.

2006. "Morphology versus Molecules in Evolution." In Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Ed: Birx, H. J. Thousand Oaks, CA. pp. 1626-1633.

2005.  "Darwinism versus Evo-Devo." A Cultural History of Heredity III: 19th and Early 20th Centuries. Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, pp 67-84.

Schwartz, Jeffrey H. and Tattersall, Ian. 2005. "The Le Moustier adolescent: A description and interpretation of its craniodental morphology." The Neandertal Adolescent Le Moustier 1: New Aspects, New Results.

Schwartz, Jeffrey H. and Ian Tattersall.  2001.  Extinct Humans. Westview Press

1999. Sudden Origins : Fossils, Genes, and the Emergence of Species. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Research Interests

  • Hominid Evolution
  • Medical Anthropology