Jill Scott

Jill Scott

Primary Field
Biological Anthropology
Laboratory Coordinator, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Paleoanthropology, human evolution, human biological variation, Homo naledi, Neandertals, craniomandibular anatomy, geometric morphometrics

Jill coordinates the four labs in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Metropolitan State University of Denver, including the Ethnography Lab, Human Identification Lab, Sociology Computer Lab, and the Laboratory of Anthropology (which includes archaeological and biological anthropology materials). She supervises and coordinates academic interns and student employees, manages lab resources and equipment, and maintains the anthropological collections.


Jill’s research broadly examines Middle and Late Pleistocene Homo craniofacial evolution. More specifically, Jill uses 3D imaging and traditional and geometric morphometric techniques to assess the evolutionary significance of the chin in Homo sapiens as well as variation in mandibular symphyseal morphology across genus Homo. She also participated in the Rising Star Workshop as one of approximately 30 early career scientists to analyze and describe the more than 1500 excavated fragments of the hominin species Homo naledi from the Dinaledi Chamber of the Rising Star cave system in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa.


Jill has completed paleontological fieldwork in southeastern Montana, both historic and prehistoric archaeological fieldwork in Illinois and Iowa, and paleoanthropological fieldwork in South Africa at the sites of Gladysvale and Matjhabeng. She has also analyzed fossil hominin and recent Homo sapiens skeletal collections at over 30 domestic and international repositories.

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