Jill Scott

Jill Scott

Jill is a biological anthropology doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa with a focus on paleoanthropology. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2006 and her MA in Anthropology from the University of Iowa in May 2009. She has completed paleontological fieldwork in southeastern Montana in 2003, both historic and prehistoric archaeological fieldwork in western and southern Illinois in 2005, and paleoanthropological fieldwork in South Africa in both 2006 (Gladysvale Cave) and 2007 (Matjhabeng), in addition to analyzing skeletal collections at various domestic and international repositories. Jill’s current research focuses primarily on craniofacial evolution within the genus Homo during the Middle and Late Pleistocene throughout the Old World. More specifically, Jill’s dissertation research focuses on assessing the evolutionary significance of the chin in Homo sapiens as well as the variation in mandibular symphyseal morphology across genus Homo.

 At the University of Iowa, Jill has served as a teaching assistant for Human Origins and sole instructor for Forensic Anthropology and CSI, The Anthropology of Violence, and The Evolution of Human Sex. Jill has also instructed Human Biology at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City, IA. Additionally, Jill has enjoyed serving in a number of officer roles for the UI Graduate Student Anthropology Association, as well as the administrator for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Facebook page.  This year, Jill is also proud to serve as the Student Liaison to the Executive Committee for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

Publications and Presentations


Marshall SD, Low LE, Holton NE, Franciscus RG, Frazier M, Qian F, Mann K, Schneider G, Scott JE, Southard TE. Chin development as a result of differential jaw growth. American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics. 139:456-464.

Laird MF, Holton NE, Scott JE, Franciscus RG, Marshall SD, Southard TE. Variation in the mandibular curve of Spee in fossil Homo and extant populations. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 52S:194.


Scott JE, Holton NE, Laird MF, Franciscus RG, Marshall SD, Southard TE. Spatial determinants of chin prominence in extant humans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 50S:211.

Laird MF, Holton NE, Scott JE, Franciscus RG, Marshall SD, Southard TE. The influence of lower facial projection on the mandibular curve of Spee in extant humans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 50S:150.


Scott JE, Holton NE, Franciscus RG, Marshall SD, Southard TE. Differential growth of the maxilla and mandible as an explanation for variation in mentum osseum size. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 48S:233.


Scott JE, Polk JD. In vitro study of shock absorption in simulated intervertebral disks and the implications for bipedal distance running. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 44S:212.