Dr Jay Stock
Fellow in Archaeology and Anthropology
Reader of Human Evolution and Adaptability

Director of Studies in Archaeology and Graduate Tutor

BA (Trent), MA, MSc (Guelph), PhD (Toronto)

My research is primarily concerned with understanding the ways in which human behaviour influences skeletal anatomy, and the evolutionary mechanisms that have produced modern human diversity. Many research areas are relevant to this work, including morphometrics, skeletal growth; biomechanics; behavioural ecology; archaeology and human adaptation. My research projects span these areas to study environmental influences on the adult phenotype; the ontogeny of skeletal variability; and the interpretation of habitual behaviour of prehistoric human populations. I have studied the skeletal anatomy of human populations from Siberia, North and South America, southern, northern and eastern Africa, the Levant, southeast Asia, Europe, and Oceania. My research is designed to expand our understanding of the adaptive and developmental mechanisms that produce human variation, and to provide a comparative framework for the interpretation of adaptation and habitual behaviour in recent human evolution. Recently I have also been conducting archaeological research in the Azraq Basin in Jordan. This research is designed to understand the cultural and biological complexity of hunter-gatherers just prior to the origins of agriculture and the world’s first sedentary villages.

Maher LA, Richter T, Macdonald D, Jones MD, Martin L, Stock, JT. (2012) Twenty Thousand-Year-Old Huts at a Hunter-Gatherer Settlement in Eastern Jordan. PLoS ONE 7(2): e31447.

Pinhasi, R., & Stock, J.T. eds. (2011) Human Bioarchaeology of the Transition to Agriculture. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. 504p.

Wells, J.C.K., Stock, J.T. (2011) Re-examining heritability: genetics, life history and plasticity. Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism 22(10):421-428.

Stock, J.T. O’Neill, M., Ruff, C.B., Zabecki, M., Shackelford, L., Rose, J. (2011) Body size, skeletal biomechanics, mobility and habitual activity from the Late Palaeolithic to mid-Dynastic Nile Valley. In Pinhasi, R., Stock, J.T. eds. Human Bioarchaeology of the Transition to Agriculture. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 347-370.

Maher, L.A., Stock, J.T., Finney, S., Heywood, J., Miracle, P., and Banning, E.B. (2011) A Unique Human-Fox Burial from a Pre-Natufian Cemetery in the Levant (Jordan). PLoS One. January 2011: Volume 6(Issue 1)e15815.

Stock, J.T., (2008) Evolution within our species: Are humans still evolving? In: The Future of our Species. EMBO Reports. Science and Society Special Issue, Vol. 9:S51-S54.

Stock, J.T. (2006) Hunter-gatherer postcranial robusticity relative to patterns of mobility, climatic adaptation, and selection for tissue economy. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 131(2):194-204.