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John Hawks
John Hawks, Ph.D.
I really was interested in the broad scope of human evolution, and so I was studying things from the earliest known hominins up to the very recent evolution of our species.


University of Wisconsin–Madison

About John Hawks

Dr. John Hawks is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has taught courses ranging from biological anthropology to brain evolution since 2002. He earned his B.S. in Anthropology from Kansas State University and M.S. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. Early in his career, Dr. Hawks focused on fossil and archaeological evidence for human evolution. But as the Human Genome Project was completed, he became one of the first paleoanthropologists to use both genetic and fossil information to test hypotheses about human prehistory. More recently, his work on Neandertals has broken new ground, and his prediction that humans and Neandertals likely interbred has been confirmed by the analysis of Neandertal DNA. He is the author of groundbreaking research papers, and he has a devoted following on his science blog, where readers can follow the latest news in paleoanthropology.

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