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tornowMatthew A. Tornow. Department of Anthropology, Saint Cloud State University, 720 4th Avenue South, Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56301, USA.

Matt Tornow earned his doctorate in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2005. His dissertation research focused on the use of dental and postcranial data to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships within the Eocene primate family Omomyidae. He is currently a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Saint Cloud State University and a faculty affiliate with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Montana. His research interests include primate origins and the subsequent origins and evolution of major primate clades, theory and method in systematic biology, and primate adaptation – particularly as it is manifested in the skeleton. Currently, Matt is studying the paleoecology of relict populations of small mammals during the late Eocene and implications for understanding evolution, adaptation, and extinction, both past and present.


arborTafline C. Arbor. Division of Biomedical Sciences, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222, USA.

Tafline Arbor is an assistant professor of anatomy at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a BA from Wake Forest University and an MA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She earned her PhD in Anthropology from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2010. Dr. Arbor's research focuses on evaluating primate functional adaptations and phylogenetic relationships on the basis of craniodental and postcranial morphology. Much of Dr. Arbor's research is grounded in primate comparative anatomic studies informing broad questions in primate evolution. Her current research explores small mammal populations in North America to better understand patterns of small mammal evolution and diversity during the Eocene-Oligocene transition. She has participated in international collaborative research and directed paleontological and paleoanthropological excavations in North America and Africa. Her research on fossil primates provides her with a valuable evolutionary and comparative anatomical approach to human clinical anatomy.