by Shara Bailey
November 08, 2017
from LeakeyFoundation Website

Italian version



Shara Bailey is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at New York University and an associated research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for

Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

She serves as the director of undergraduate studies, the director of the Women in Science Program in NYU's College of Arts and Sciences, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology.

Bailey's research focuses on using teeth to answer questions about human evolution.

She has extensively researched Neanderthals and modern human origins, including the earliest modern humans from Europe and Africa.

She is the recipient of two

Leakey Foundation Research Grants.





Composite reconstruction

of Homo sapiens fossils

from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco

© Philipp Gunz


Newly discovered Homo sapiens fossils in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, push back the origins of our species by 100,000 years...

The fossils show that by about 300,000 years ago, important changes in our biology and behavior had taken place across most of Africa.

In this lecture, Leakey Foundation grantee Shara Bailey discusses her comprehensive study of the Jebel Irhoud cranial and dental remains.

She also shares how these fossils are reshaping our understanding of how we evolved.


"Rewriting Modern Human Origins" was presented at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on 11/8/2017 as part of The Leakey Foundation's Speaker Series program in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science.