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Dr. Marta Mirazón-Lahr

Dr. Marta Mirazón-Lahr

Director of the Duckworth Laboratory

Reader in Human Evolutionary Biology

Evolution of language

Office Phone: (+44) (0)1223 764705

Research Interests

My work has focused mainly on the evolution and diversity of modern humans, Homo sapiens. This research has involved a range of disciplines, including human palaeontology, evolutionary genetics, behavioural ecology, linguistics and archaeology. I currently have field projects in Libya (prehistory), India (anthropology & genetics) and Kenya (palaeoanthropology). The diversity of humans is a central research topic, particularly the role of behavioural, reproductive and cultural factors (including language) in shaping how humans moved from a small population in Africa to a diverse, global one.


  • Anthropology
  • Human evolution