Vertebrate Paleontology

Chris BeardFormer Curator and Mary R. Dawson Chair of Vertebrate Paleontology K. Christopher Beard

 

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Academic Training 

  • PhD, 1989, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

Research Interests 

  • Mammalian paleontology and evolution
  • Primate paleontology and evolution
  • Phylogeny reconstruction
  • Paleobiogeography
  • Functional anatomy

Research Emphases 

  • Early Cenozoic Primate Evolution in Asia: Phylogenetic, paleobiogeographic, and functional studies of Paleocene and Eocene primates from the People's Republic of China.
  • Anthropoid Origins: Reconstructing anthropoid phylogeny, character evolution, and paleobiogeography.
  • Evolution of North American Mammals across the Paleocene–Eocene Boundary: Biostratigraphy and faunal change during the Clarkforkian and Wasatchian North American Land Mammal Ages.

Selected Publications  

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  • X.-J. Ni, D. L. Gebo, M. Dagosto, J. Meng, P. Tafforeau, J. J. Flynn, and K. C. Beard. 2013. The oldest known primate skeleton and early haplorhine evolution. Nature 498: 60-64.

     
  • K. C. Beard. 2013. Anthropoid origins. In: A Companion to Paleoanthropology (D. R. Begun, ed.), pp. 358-375. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, United Kingdom.

     
  • R. L. Anemone, M. R. Dawson, and K. C. Beard. 2012. The early Eocene rodent Tuscahomys (Cylindrodontidae) from the Great Divide Basin, Wyoming: Phylogeny, biogeography, and paleoecology. Annals of Carnegie Museum 80: 187-205.

     
  • Y. Chaimanee, O. Chavasseau, K. C. Beard, Aung Aung Kyaw, Aung Naing Soe, Chit Sein, V. Lazzari, L. Marivaux, B. Marandat, Myat Swe, M. Rugbumrung, Thit Lwin, X. Valentin, Zin-Maung-Maung-Thein, and J.-J. Jaeger. 2012. Late middle Eocene primate from Myanmar and the initial anthropoid colonization of Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109: 10293-10297.

     
  • Xijun Ni, Daniel L. Gebo, Marian Dagosto, Jin Meng, Paul Tafforeau, John J. Flynn & K. Christopher Beard. 2013. The oldest known primate skeleton and early haplorhine evolution. Nature 498: 60-64. Click here to go to a CBC News interview with Chris Beard, 6/8/2013.

     
  • Chester, S. G. B., and Beard, K. C. 2012. New micromomyid plesiadapiforms (Mammalia, Euarchonta) from the late Paleocene of Big Multi Quarry, Washakie Basin, Wyoming. Annals of Carnegie Museum 80: 159-172.

     
  • Wang, Y.-Q., Meng, J., Jin, X., Beard, K. C., Bai, B., Li, P., Ni, X.-J., Li, Q, and Gebo, D. L. 2011. Early Eocene perissodactyls (Mammalia) from the upper Nomogen Formation of the Erlian Basin, Nei Mongol, China. Vertebrata PalAsiatica 49: 123-140.

     
  • Miyata, K., Tomida, Y., Beard, K. C., Gunnell, G. F., Ugai, H., and Hirose, K. 2011. Eocene mammals from the Akasaki and Nakakoshiki formations, western Kyushu, Japan: Preliminary work and correlation with Asian land mammal ages. Vertebrata PalAsiatica 49: 53-68.

     
  • National Geographic Weekend. March 19, 2011. National Geographic Grantee and Chair of Vertebrate Paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History Chris Beard joins Boyd to talk about his latest study on the origin of mankind in Africa. Click here to listen.

     
  • Jaeger, J.-J., Beard, K. C., Chaimanee, Y., Salem, M., Benammi, M., Hlal, O. A., Coster, P., Bilal, A. A., Duringer, P., Schuster, M., Valentin, X., Marandat, B., Marivaux, L., Métais, E., Hammuda, O., and Brunet, M. 2010. Late middle Eocene epoch of Libya yields earliest known radiation of African anthropoids. Nature 467: 1095-1098.

     
  • Beard, K. C., Wang, Y.-Q., Meng, J., Ni, X.-J., Gebo, D. L., and Li, C.-K. 2010. Paleocene Hapalodectes (Mammalia: Mesonychia) from Subeng, Inner Mongolia: Further evidence of “East of Eden” dispersal at the Paleocene-Eocene boundary. Vertebrata PalAsiatica 48: 375-389.

     
  • Dagosto, M., Marivaux, L., Gebo, D. L., Beard, K. C., Chaimanee, Y., Jaeger, J.-J., Marandat, B., Aung Naing Soe, and Aung Aung Kyaw. 2010. The phylogenetic affinities of the Pondaung tali. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143: 223-234.

     
  • Marivaux, L., Beard, K. C., Chaimanee, Y., Dagosto, M., Gebo, D. L., Guy, F., Marandat, B., Kyaw Khaing, Aung Aung Kyaw, Myo Oo, Chit Sein, Aung Naing Soe, Myat Swe, and Jaeger, J.-J. 2010. Talar morphology, phylogenetic affinities and locomotor adaptation of a large-bodied amphipithecid primate from the late middle Eocene of Myanmar. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143: 208-222.

     
  • Ni, X.-J., Meng, J., Beard, K. C., Gebo, D. L., Wang, Y.-Q., and Li, C.-K. 2010. A new tarkadectine primate from the Eocene of Inner Mongolia, China: Phylogenetic and biogeographic implications. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 247-256.

     
  • Beard, K. C., and Dawson, M. R. 2009. Early Wasatchian mammals of the Red Hot local fauna, uppermost Tuscahoma Formation, Lauderdale County, Mississippi. Annals of Carnegie Museum 78: 193-243.

     
  • Beard, K. C., Marivaux, L., Chaimanee, Y., Jaeger, J.-J., Marandat, B., Tafforeau, P., Aung Naing Soe, Soe Thura Tun, and Aung Aung Kyaw. 2009. A new primate from the Eocene Pondaung Formation of Myanmar and the monophyly of Burmese amphipithecids. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 3285-3294.

     
  • Beard, K. C. 2008. The oldest North American primate and mammalian biogeography during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105: 3815-3818. E-print (741 Kb PDF)

     
  • Marivaux, L., Beard, K. C., Chaimanee, Y., Jaeger, J.-J., Marandat, B., Aung Naing Soe, Soe Thura Tun, Htun Htun Aung, and Wanna Htoon. 2008. Anatomy of the bony pelvis of a relatively large-bodied strepsirrhine primate from the late middle Eocene Pondaung Formation (central Myanmar). Journal of Human Evolution 54: 391-404. E-print (826 Kb PDF)

     
  • Gebo, D. L., Dagosto, M., Beard, K. C., Ni, X., and Qi, T. 2007. Primate humeral remains from the middle Eocene of China. Bulletin of Carnegie Museum of Natural History 39: 77-82. E-print (130 Kb PDF)

     
  • Beard, K. C., Marivaux, L., Soe Thura Tun, Aung Naing Soe, Chaimanee, Y., Wanna Htoon, Marandat, B., Htun Htun Aung, and Jaeger, J.J. 2007. New sivaladapid primates from the Eocene Pondaung Formation of Myanmar and the anthropoid status of Amphipithecidae. Bulletin of Carnegie Museum of Natural History 39: 67-76. E-print (964 Kb PDF)

     
  • Dawson, M. R., and Beard, K. C. 2007. Rodents of the family Cylindrodontidae (Mammalia) from the earliest Eocene of the Tuscahoma Formation, Mississippi. Annals of Carnegie Museum 76: 135-144. E-print (2.1 Mb PDF)

     
  • Ni, X., Beard, K. C., Meng, J., Wang, Y., and Gebo, D. L. 2007. Discovery of the first early Cenozoic euprimate (Mammalia) from Inner Mongolia. American Museum Novitates 3571: 1-11. E-print (512 Kb PDF)

     
  • Meng, J., Wang, Y., Ni, X., Beard, K. C., Sun, C., Li, Q., Jin, X., and Bai, B. 2007. New stratigraphic data from the Erlian Basin: Implications for the division, correlation, and definition of Paleogene lithological units in Nei Mongol (Inner Mongolia). American Museum Novitates 3570: 1-31. E-print (3.3 Mb PDF)

     
  • Meng, J., Li, C., Ni, X., Wang, Y., and Beard, K. C. 2007. A new Eocene rodent from the lower Arshanto Formation in the Nuhetingboerhe (Camp Margetts) area, Inner Mongolia. American Museum Novitates 3569: 1-18. E-print (2.8 Mb PDF)