Anthropology Faculty

David W. Frayer

David W. Frayer  

Professor Emeritus
Biological Anthropology
Ph.D., Michigan 1976

Research Areas:
Biological anthropology, paleoanthropology, human osteology; Old World Prehistory | Fraser Hall, #626 | (785) 864-2633

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]


David Frayer is a paleoanthropologist at the University of Kansas. He has worked extensively in Europe on Neandertal, Upper Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and Medieval human dental/skeletal material, along with remains from fossil sites in Africa, the Levant, Central Asia and SE Asia. His numerous publications have appeared in major anthropological and science journals with topics ranging from prehistoric dwarfs to the earliest evidence for drilled teeth to issues involving the relationship between Neandertal and modern populations. His books involve dental changes in Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic Europe, evidence for violence in prehistory (edited with Debra Martin), an extensive, illustrated bibliography of the Krapina Neandertal site and an edited volume (with Janet Monge, Alan Mann and Jakov Radovčić) on new research at Krapina. His most recent collaborative work concerns ritual behavior in the Krapina Neandertals, a new interpretation of Ötzi (the Tyrolean Iceman), and determining handedness from scratches on the Neandertal teeth. For 2009-2011 he was a Sigma Xi Distinguished lecturer.

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