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Pan lei

PhD student, Université Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier (2013-2016)

Research Topics
I investigate the hominin craniodental features, to extract evolutionary, taxonomy and developmental information, using virtual paleoanthropological tools such as 3D laser scanning and micro-CT imaging.
Using 3D laser scanning and modeling techniques, we revealed the geographical distribution of craniofacial surface areas in modern human populations and we first found that absolute/relative
craniofacial surface area varies consistently with predictions derived from Bergmann’s Rule, and could be used for functional-morphological analysis.
With the help of micro-CT scanning techniques, and based on international collaboration with Wits University and Necsa, we studied the 3D inner structure of fossil hominin dentition from Kromdraai, Sterkfontein and Swartkrans, we investigated the 3D morphometrics of dentition, and extracted taxonomical/adaptive sensitive features. I also give special attention to studies on hominin developmental patterns and phylogenetic relationships.

Current research
The comparative study of dental inner structure of South African fossil hominins, modern humans and Neanderthals, focusing on the origin and evolution of our genus (Homo)
Contribute to the study “A Reassessment of Asian Homo erectus Variability”, led by Dr. C. Zanolli, analyze the morphometrics of Zhoukoudian H. erectus premolars


(In press) Lei Pan, Jean Dumoncel, Frikkie de Beer, Jakobus Hoffman, John Francis Thackeray, Benjamin Duployer, Christophe Tenailleau, José Braga. 2016. Further morphological evidence on South African earliest Homo lower postcanine dentition : enamel thickness and enamel dentine junction. Journal of Human Evolution. DOI : 10.1016/j.jhevol.2016.05.003

Pan Lei, Wei Dong, Wu Xiujie. 2014. Latitudinal and climatic distributions of 3D craniofacial features among Holocene populations. SCIENCE CHINA Earth Sciences. 7 : 1692-1700

Zhou Mi, Pan Lei, Xing Song and Liu Wu. 2013. Tooth wear and health condition of the Neolithic population in Qinglongquan, Yunxian of Hubei Province. Acta Anthropologica Sinica. 32(3), 330-344

Wu X J, Maddux S, Pan L, Trinkaus E. 2012. Nasal floor variation among eastern Eurasian Pleistocene Homo. Anthropol. Sci, 120 : 217-226

Wu X, Pan L. 2011. Identification of Zhoukoudian Homo erectus brain asymmetry using 3D laser scanning. Chinese Sci Bull, 56(21) : 2215-2220.