Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg

Contact Information

Dr. Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg
Department of Anthropology
The Ohio State University
4006 Smith Laboratory
174 W. 18th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
614.292.9768 (tel)
614.292.4155 (fax)

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Research Interests

In my research, I use teeth to answer questions about life history profiles, growth, and biological relationships in primates and fossil hominins. Teeth present an ideal source of information about these questions for several reasons. First, teeth preserve a record of their growth in their hard tissues. Second, tooth growth reflects the overall growth of the organisms of which teeth were a part during life. Third, teeth themselves are the most often preserved skeletal elements in fossil and archaeological assemblages. Some publications representing these interests are listed below (please see my CV for a complete publication list). I have worked on such questions in non-human primates, Plio-Pleistocene hominins, Neandertals, and modern humans. I am also interested in a variety of other subjects including dental sexual dimorphism, fluctuating asymmetry, and dental morphology.

Representative Publications

Guatelli-Steinberg, D., Reid, D., Bishop, T. 2007. Did the lateral enamel of Neandertals grow differently from that of modern humans? Journal of Human Evolution 52: 72-84.

Guatelli-Steinberg, D., Reid, D.J., Bishop, T., and Larsen, C.S. 2005. Anterior tooth  growth periods in Neandertals were comparable to those of modern humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102: 14197-14202.

Guatelli-Steinberg, D. 2004. Analysis and significance of linear enamel hypoplasia in Plio-Pleistocene hominins. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 123: 199-215.

Irish, J., and Guatelli-Steinberg D. 2003. Ancient teeth and modern human origins: An expanded comparison of African Plio-Pleistocene and recent world dental samples.  Journal of Human Evolution 45: 113-144.

Guatelli-Steinberg, D. 2001. What can developmental defects of enamel reveal about physiological stress in non-human primates? Evolutionary Anthropology 10: 138-151.

Dental Anthropology Association Website

Teaching Schedule

Autumn 2013

Not teaching

Spring 2014 3500 - Primate Sexuality

7720 - Teaching in Anthropology

Current Grad Students

Allison Clark
Sarah Holt
Michaela Huffman
Sarah Martin
Leigh Oldershaw (co-adviser)
Micah Soltz
Jennifer Spence
Theresia Weston


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