University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Anthropology

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Laura Lynn Shackelford Ph.D.


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Research Interests

Postcranial anatomy, biomechanics

Southeast Asia

North Africa

Early modern human morphological variation


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, 2005
  • M.A., Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, 2001
  • B.S., Biological Anthropology & Anatomy, Duke University, 1998


  • 2016 Wenner-Gren (PI: Demeter, co-PI: Shackelford)
  • 2016 Illinois Learning Sciences Design Initiative Phase II Grant
  • 2015 Illinois Learning Sciences Design Initiative Seed Funding Program
  • 2011 Hewlett Foundation International Research Grant
  • 2012 Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, UIUC Research Board
  • 2003 Lambda Alpha Research Grant
  • 2003-04 National Science Foundation BCS-0314002: Doctoral Dissertation Grant
  • 2007 L.S.B. Leakey Foundation
  • 2007 UIUC Research Board
  • 2009 UIUC Research Board
  • 2002 Sigma Xi Research Grant
  • 2003 AMNH Collection Study Grant

External Links

First Peoples: Asia

Tam Pa Ling modern human mandible

Tam Pa Ling modern human skull


Anatomy, UIUC College of Medicine

UIUC College of Medicine



  • Bacon, A-M, F Demeter, T Sayavongkhamdy, P Duringer, E Patole-Edoumba, A-S Coupey, L Shackelford, K Westaway, J-L Ponche, P-O Antoine, and P Sichanthongtip. Les sites de Tam Hang, Nam Lot et Tam Pa Ling au nord du Laos. Des gisements a vertebres du Pleistocene aux origins des Hommes modernes. Paris: CNRS Editions, 2012.
  • Shackelford, Laura L. Regional Variation in the Postcranial Robusticity of Late Upper Paleolithic Humans. St. Louis: Washington University, 2005.

Book Contributions

  • Shackelford, Laura L. "Variation in mobility and anatomical strategies in the Late Pleistocene." Mobility: Towards a definition for application in human evolution. Springer, 2014.
  • Shackelford, Laura L. "Bone strength and subsistence activities at Point Hope." The Foragers of Point Hope: the biology and archaeology of humans on the edge of the Alaskan arctic. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Stock, J T., M C. O'Neill, C B. Ruff, M Zabecki, L L. Shackelford, and J Rose. "Body size, skeletal biomechanics, mobility and habitual activity from the Late Palaeolithic to the Mid-Dynastic Nile Valley." Human Bioarchaeology of the Transition to Agriculture. Ed. R Pinhasi and J T. Stock. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 347-370.
  • Shackelford, Laura. "Descriptive and comparative study of the lower limb." Spy Cave: State of 125 years of pluridisciplinary research on the Betche-aux-Rotches from Spy. Ed. H Rougier and P Semal. Brussels: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and NESPOS, 2011.
  • Trinkaus, Erik, Fred Smith, Trent C. Stockton, and Laura L. Shackelford. "The human postcranial remains from Mladec." The Human Remains from Mladec. Ed. M Teschler-Nicola. Vienna: Springer Verlag, 2005.

Journal Articles