Matt Tocheri

Database Specialist and Physical Anthropologist

Portrait of paleoanthropologist Matt Tocheri.

Matt Tocheri is a paleoanthropologist in the Human Origins Program of the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. He received his academic degrees in anthropology from Lakehead University (HBA) in Thunder Bay, Canada, and Arizona State University (MA and PhD) in Tempe, Arizona. Matt’s main research interests surround the evolutionary history and functional morphology of the human and great ape family, the Hominidae. His work on the wrist of Homo floresiensis, the so-called ‘hobbits’ of human evolution, received considerable attention worldwide after it was published in 2007 in the journal Science. Matt’s other recent publications appear in Nature, PNASJournal of Human Evolution, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Journal of Anatomy, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, Dental Anthropology, and Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. He is also a co-author of The Osteology of Infants and Children, available from Texas A&M University Press.

Publications: 

Dunn RH, Tocheri MW, Orr CM, Jungers WL (in press) Ecological divergence and talar morphology in gorillas. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Ward CV, Tocheri MW, Plavcan JM, Brown FH, Manthi FK (2013) Early Pleistocene third metacarpal from Kenya and the evolution of modern human-like hand morphology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1316014110

Orr CM, Tocheri MW, Burnett SE, Rokus Due Awe, Wayhu Saptomo E, Sutikna T, Jatmiko, Wasisto S, Morwood MJ, Jungers WL (2013) New wrist bones from Homo floresiensis. Journal of Human Evolution 64:109–129.

McFarlin SC, Barks SK, Tocheri MW, Massey JS, Eriksen AB, Fawcett KA, Hof PR, Bromage TG, Mudakikwa A, Cranfield MR, Sherwood CC (2013) Early brain growth cessation in wild Virunga mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei). American Journal of Primatology 75:450–463.

Marzke MW, Tocheri MW, Marzke RF, Femiani JD. 2012. Three-dimensional quantitative comparative analysis of trapeziometacarpal joint surface curvatures in human populations. The Journal of Hand Surgery 37:72–76.

Wheeler SM, Williams L, Dupras TL, Tocheri M, Molto JE. 2011. Childhood in Roman Egypt : Bioarchaeology of the Kellis 2 Cemetery, Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt. In Lally M, Moore A (eds.): (Re)Thinking the Little Ancestor : New Perspectives on the Archaeology of Infancy and Childhood. BAR International Series 2271. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp 110–121.

Kibii JM, Clarke RJ, Tocheri MW. 2011. A hominin scaphoid from Sterkfontein, Member 4: Morphological description and first comparative phenetic 3D analyses. Journal of Human Evolution 61:510–517.

Tocheri, M.W., Solhan, C.R., Orr, C.M., Femiani, J., Frohlich, B., Groves, C.P., Harcourt-Smith, W.E., Richmond, B.G., Shoelson, B., Jungers, W.L. 2011. Ecological divergence and medial cuneiform morphology in gorillas. Journal of Human Evolution 60:171–184.

DeSilva, J.M., Zipfel, B., Van Arsdale, A.P., Tocheri, M.W. 2010. The Olduvai Hominid 8 foot: Adult or subadult? Journal of Human Evolution 58: 418–423.

Marzke, M.W., Tocheri, M.W., Steinberg, B., Femiani, J.D., Reece, S.P., Linsheid, R.L., Orr, C.M., Marzke, R.F., 2010. Comparative 3D quantitative analyses of trapeziometacarpal joint surface curvatures among living catarrhines and fossil hominins. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 141:38–51.

Larson, S.G., Jungers, W.L., Tocherim M.W., Orr C.M., Morwood, M.J., Sutikna, T., Due Awe, R., Djubiantono, T., 2009. Descriptions of the upper limb skeleton of Homo floresiensis. Journal of Human Evolution 57, 555–570.

Tocheri, M.W., 2009. Laser Scanning: 3D analysis of biological surfaces. In Sensen, C.W. and Hallgrímsson, B. (Eds.): Advanced Imaging in Biology and Medicine: Technology, Software Environments, Applications. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 85–101.

Jungers, W.L., Harcourt-Smith, W.E.H., Wunderlich, R.E., Tocheri, M.W., Larson S.G., Sutikna, T., Awe Due, R., Morwood, M.J., 2009. The foot of Homo floresiensis. Nature 459, 81–84.

Tocheri, M.W., Orr, C.M., Jacofsky, M.C., Marzke, M.W., 2008. The evolutionary history of the hominin hand since the last common ancestor of Pan and Homo. Journal of Anatomy 212, 544–562.

Tocheri, M.W., Orr, C.M., Larson, S.G., Sutikna, T., Jatmiko, Wahyu Saptomo, E., Awe Due, R., Djubiantono, T., Morwood, M.J., Jungers, W.L., 2007. The primitive wrist of Homo floresiensis and its implications for hominin evolution. Science 317, 1743–1745.

Dupras, T.L., Tocheri, M.W., 2007. Reconstructing infant weaning histories at Roman period Kellis, Egypt using stable isotope analysis of dentition. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 134, 63–74.

Orr, C.M., Delezene, L.K., Scott, J.E., Tocheri, M.W., Schwartz, G.T., 2007. The comparative method and the inference of venom-delivery systems in fossil mammals. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27, 541–546.

Tocheri, M.W., Razdan, A., Williams, R.C., Marzke, M.W., 2005. A 3D quantitative comparison of trapezium and trapezoid relative articular and nonarticular surface areas in modern humans and great apes. Journal of Human Evolution 49, 570–586.

Tocheri, M.W., Dupras, T.L., Sheldrick, P., Molto, J.E., 2005. Roman Period fetal skeletons from the east cemetery (Kellis 2) of Kellis, Egypt. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 15, 326–341.

Baker, B.J., Dupras, T.L., Tocheri, M.W., 2005 The Osteology of Infants and Children. Texas A & M Press, College Station, Texas.

Dupras, T.L., Tocheri, M.W., 2004. Preliminary analysis of the human skeletal remains from North Tomb 1 and 2. In Bowen GE and Hope CA (eds.): The Oasis Papers III: Proceedings of the Third International Conference of the Dakhleh Oasis Project. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 183–196.

Dupras, T.L., Tocheri, M.W., 2004. Preliminary analysis of human skeletal remains from South Tomb 4. In Bowen GE and Hope CA (eds.): The Oasis Papers III: Proceedings of the Third International Conference of the Dakhleh Oasis Project. London: Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 197–199.

Tocheri, M.W., Marzke, M.W., Liu, D., Bae, M., Jones, G.P., Williams, R.C., Razdan, A., 2003. Functional capabilities of modern and fossil hominid hands: 3D analysis of trapezia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 122, 101–112.

Tocheri, M.W., Molto, J.E., 2002. Aging fetal and juvenile skeletons from Roman Period Egypt using basiocciput osteometrics. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 12, 356–363.

Tocheri, M.W., 2002. The effects of sex, side, asymmetry, and inter-trait association on the distribution of thirteen deciduous dental nonmetric traits in a sample of Pima Amerindians. Dental Anthropology 15, 1–8.