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Robert Eckhardt

TitleProfessor of Developmental Genetics and Evolutionary Morphology
InstitutionCollege of Health and Human Development
Address203 Water Tower
University Park, PA 16802
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InstitutionHuck Institutes of the Life Sciences


Professor of Developmental Genetics and Evolutionary Morphology




Ph.D., Anthropology and Human Genetics, University of Michigan, 1971


Dr Eckhardt's research focuses on the interaction of genetic and environmental influences on growth and development in human populations; musculo-skeletal structures are of primary interest. His current study techniques emphasize computer imaging and analysis of two-dimensional and three-dimensional data representing anatomical structures. Particular emphasis is placed on integration of molecular and morphological perspectives on development.

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  1. Eckhardt RB, Henneberg M, Chavanaves S, Weller AS, Hsü KJ. Reply to Westaway et al.: Mandibular misrepresentations fail to support the invalid species Homo floresiensis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Feb 17; 112(7):E606.
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  2. Eckhardt RB, Henneberg M, Weller AS, Hsü KJ. Rare events in earth history include the LB1 human skeleton from Flores, Indonesia, as a developmental singularity, not a unique taxon. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Aug 19; 111(33):11961-6.
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  3. Henneberg M, Eckhardt RB, Chavanaves S, Hsü KJ. Evolved developmental homeostasis disturbed in LB1 from Flores, Indonesia, denotes Down syndrome and not diagnostic traits of the invalid species Homo floresiensis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Aug 19; 111(33):11967-72.
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  4. Eckhardt RB, Henneberg M. LB1 from Liang Bua, Flores: craniofacial asymmetry confirmed, plagiocephaly diagnosis dubious. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2010 Nov; 143(3):331-4; discussion 355-42.
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  5. Eckhardt RB. Polymorphisms past and present. Hum Biol. 2003 Aug; 75(4):559-75.
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