Claire E. Terhune

Claire E. Terhune

Assistant Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-3529

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Dr. Terhune received a B.S. in anthropology and a B.A. in biology from the College of Charleston in 2002. She went on to graduate school at Arizona State University where she received her M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2010) in anthropology. In 2009, Dr. Terhune joined the Physician Assistant Program in the Duke University Medical Center, where she served as the primary instructor for Physician Assistant Anatomy and assisted in the Body and Brain course in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and was a research instructor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology. She joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas in January 2014.

Dr. Terhune’s research interests are focused in three areas: 1) understanding the evolution and function of primate, modern human, and fossil hominin skull shape; 2) developing and advancing techniques for comparative morphometric analysis and visualization; and 3) evaluating models of hominin migration(s) into Europe and Asia during the early Pleistocene.

Dr. Terhune has worked extensively as a cultural resource management archaeologist and bioarchaeologist in Arizona, excavated dinosaur remains in northern Mexico, worked on Paleolithic sites in France and Spain, done bioarchaeological fieldwork on the island of Cyprus, and worked at the paleoanthropological locality of Hadar in Ethiopia. She is currently co-leader of a project focused on identifying and excavating early Pleistocene paleontological localities in Romania.

Human evolution
Craniofacial ontogeny
Human and primate anatomy
Masticatory biomechanics
Geometric morphometrics
Pleistocene hominin biogeography

B.S., Anthropology, College of Charleston

B.A., Biology, College of Charleston

M.A. and Ph.D., Anthropology, Arizona State University

Smith H, Ritzman T, Otárola-Castillo E, Terhune C. 2013. A 3-D geometric morphometric study of intraspecific variation in the ontogeny of the temporal bone in modern Homo sapiens. J Hum Evol, 65:479-489.

Terhune C, Kimbel W, Lockwood C. 2013. Postnatal temporal bone ontogeny in Pan, Gorilla, and Homo, and the implications for temporal bone growth in Australopithecus afarensis. Am J Phys Anthropol, 151:630-642.

Terhune C. 2013b. How effective are geometric morphometric techniques for assessing functional shape variation? An example from the great ape temporomandibular joint. Anat Rec, 296: 1264-1282.

Terhune C. 2013a. Dietary correlates of temporomandibular joint morphology in the great apes. Am J Phys Anthropol, 150:260-272.

Baker B, Terhune C, Papalexandrou A. 2012. Sew Long? The Osteobiography of a Woman from Medieval Polis, Cyprus. In The Bioarchaeology of Individuals, AL Stodder and AM Palkovich, eds. Gainsville: University Press of Florida. pp 151-161.

Terhune C. 2011b. Dietary correlates of temporomandibular joint morphology in New World primates. J Hum Evol, 61:583-596.

Terhune C. 2011a. Modeling the biomechanics of articular eminence function in anthropoid primates. J Anat, 219:551-564.

Terhune C, Iriarte-Diaz J, Taylor A, Ross CF. 2011. The instantaneous center of rotation of the mandible in non-human primates. J Int and Comp Biol, 51:320-332.

Terhune C, Deane A. 2008. Temporal squama shape in fossil hominins: relationships to cranial shape and a determination of character polarity. Am J Phys Anthropol, 137: 397-411.

Smith H (co-first author), Terhune C (co-first author), Lockwood C. 2007. Genetic, geographic, and environmental correlates of human temporal bone variation. Am J Phys Anthropol, 134: 312-322.

Terhune C, Kimbel W, Lockwood C. 2007. Variation and diversity in Homo erectus: A 3D geometric morphometric analysis of the temporal bone. J Hum Evol, 53: 41-60.