Vertebrate Paleontology

Fyssen Post-doctoral Research Fellow Anusha Ramdarshan

4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080

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Academic Training 

PhD, 2011, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier, Université Montpellier 2, France

General Research Interests 

  • Mammalian paleontology and evolution
  • Primate paleontology and evolution
  • Ecology of fossil and extant primates
  • Dental microwear analysis
  • Functional Anatomy

Research Emphases  

  • Adaptive radiations and ecological diversity of early Cenozoic primates
    Understanding how ecological factors, such as environmental conditions and competition for available resources, could have played a role during the rise of early primates using wide-scale ecological reconstructions of fossil primate communities from Europe, North America, Asia, and North Africa.
  • Ecology of Paleogene primates
    Understanding the dietary ecology of extinct primates using dental microwear analysis, i.e., the analysis of the scar patterns left on the surface of teeth by food while chewing, but also using dental morphology and body mass estimations, which are also correlated to diet.


  • Ramdarshan A, Merceron G, Marivaux L. 2012. Spatial and temporal ecological diversity amongst Eocene Primates of France: evidence from teeth. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 147(2):201-216.
  • Ramdarshan A, Alloing-Séguier T, Merceron G, Marivaux L. 2011. The primate community of Cachoeira (Brazilian Amazonia): a model to decipher ecological partitioning among extinct species. PlosOne, 6:e27392.Click here for e-print (PDF) 
  • Ramdarshan A, Merceron G, Tafforeau P, Marivaux L. 2010. Diet reconstruction of the Amphipithecidae (Primates, Anthropoidea) from the Paleogene of South Asia and paleoecological implications. Journal of Human Evolution, 59(1):96-108.