David W. Frayer

Professor Emeritus, Biological Anthropology
(Ph.D., Michigan 1976)
Primary office:

Research Areas: paleoanthropology, human osteology; Old World Prehistory

The evolution of European Upper Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic skeletal populations was the early focal point of my work, emphasizing that evolution did not stop with the appearance of “modern” Homo sapiens at 30,000 years ago. After research documenting so-called Neandertal autapomorphies in the Upper Paleolithic groups, my work broadened to include topics ranging from Neandertal skeletal variation to the early dentistry in the Pakistani Neolithic to a 1 million year old Homo site in Eritrea. Some publications include a critique on Homo ‘floresiensis,’ an extensive bibliography of the Krapina Neandertals, chapters in a monograph on the Czech Aurignacian site of Mladeč and the presence of eagle talons at the Krapina Neandertal site.  Much of my work is collaborative with colleagues in places other than Kansas.


Departmental Events/News
Follow us:


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
KU Today