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Danielle F. Royer

Associate Professor​

Danielle F. Royer, Ph.D.

Cell and Developmental Biology
Ph.D., Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences, Stony Brook University, 2009

Research Interest​

Biological anthropology & paleoanthropology; Medical education; Clinical anatomy


Office Location: Building 500, Room N5209C

Mailing Address:

Mail Stop F435
13001 17th Place
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: 303-724-0515

Departmental Affiliations

Cell and Developmental Biology

Graduate Program Affiliations

Modern Human Anatomy Program


Medical Education & Clinical Anatomy Research Themes

I am interested in developing and evaluating tools for formative assessment of human gross anatomy, in order to promote knowledge retention and application of clinically-relevant anatomy at both the pre-clinical and clinical level.

Biological Anthropology Research Themes

My research investigates skeletal variability in early humans in order to better interpret diversity in the human fossil record. Current work focuses on understanding the influence of sexual dimorphism and temporal trends on skeletal variation within fossil populations, as well as developing new methods to determine sex in fossil humans.

Cadaver-based human gross anatomy:

  • M.S. Modern Human Anatomy
  • School of Medicine (Human Body Block)
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • I have been teaching human gross anatomy since 2004, incorporating lectures, cadaver dissections, prosections, model-based labs, medical imaging, problem-based and team-based learning into my teaching practice. My main goals as a medical educator are 1) to help students comprehend the fundamentals of anatomy, and 2) to help students relate and apply anatomical details to key clinical concepts. My training as a biological anthropologist enables me to bring a comparative and evolutionary perspective to the study of human form and function.

    Royer, D. (2010). McGraw‐Hill 2010 Yearbook of Science & Technology: Human fossils from Omo Kibish. McGraw‐Hill, New York: 179‐181.

    Royer, D.F., Lockwood, C.A., Scott, J.E. and Grine, F.E. (2009). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 104 (2): 312‐323. Size variation in early human mandibles and molars from Klasies River, South Africa: comparison with other middle and late Pleistocene assemblages and with modern humans.

    Pearson, O.M., Royer, D.F., Grine, F.G., and Fleagle, J.G. (2008). Journal of Human Evolution 55(3): 421‐437. A description of the Omo I postcranial skeleton, including newly discovered fossils.

    Royer, D.F. (2008). Book Review: The Evolution of Modern Humans in Africa ‐ A Comprehensive Guide, by P.R. Willoughby. PaleoAnthropology 2008: 86‐87.

    Pearson, O.M., Grine, F.G., Fleagle, J.G., and Royer, D.F. (2008). Journal of Human Evolution 55(3): 444‐447. Further new hominin fossils from the Kibish Formation, southwestern Ethiopia.

    Royer, D.F., Gilbert, C.C., Sisk, M.L., Wallace, I.J. (2007). The First Humans: The 3rd Annual Stony Brook Human Evolution Symposium & Workshop. Evolutionary Anthropology 16: 86‐87.

    Sisk, M., Royer, D. and Carlson, K. (2005). Recent Developments in Paleoanthropology. Evolutionary Anthropology 14: 205‐206.

    Conference Abstracts:

    Royer, D. (2011) Classifying Sex in Early Homo sapiens Using Fragmentary Os Coxae. Abstracts of the Paleoanthropology Society 2011 Meeting. PaleoAnthropology 2011: A32-A33 (poster presented in Minneapolis, MN).

    Royer, D.F., Grine, F.E., Fleagle, J.G., Jungers, W.L. (2007). The new partial pelvis of Omo 1: implications for sexing early modern humans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Suppl. 44: 203 (poster presented in Philadelphia, PA).

    Royer, D.F., Lockwood, C.A., and Grine, F.E. (2006). Mandibular size dimorphism in Middle and Late Pleistocene archaic human populations. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Suppl. 42: 155 (talk presented in Anchorage, AK).

    Royer, D.F.(2005). Mid-lumbar transverse process orientation: relationship to thoracic shape and locomotion in Anthropoidea. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Suppl. 40: 184 (poster presented in Milwaukee, WI).

    Royer, D.F. (2004). The orientation of mid-lumbar transverse processes and its relationship to locomotion in anthropoids. Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology, Abstracts of the Annual Conference October 28-30th London, Canada: 29-30 (talk presented in London, ON Canada).

    Royer, D., Potts, R., Noll, M., and Clark, J. (2004). Lithic transport by Acheulean toolmakers, 1 million years ago, in the Southern Kenya Rift Valley. Society for American Archaeology, Abstracts of the 69th Annual Meeting March 30 – April 4th (poster presented in Montréal, QC Canada).