Database Specialist and Physical Anthropologist

Anthropologist Dr. Matt Tocheri sitting at desk touching small fossil specimens. Computer monitors with photos on his right
Dr. Matt Tocheri's research on the so-called "hobbits" of human evolution received much attention worldwide. Photo by Smithsonian's Human Origins Program.

Dr. Matt Tocheri is the Canada Research Chair in Human Origins at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and a Research Associate in the Smithsonian Institution’s Human Origins Program. He received his academic degrees in anthropology from Lakehead University (HBA) and Arizona State University (MA and Ph.D.) in Tempe, Arizona.

Matt’s main research interests surround the evolutionary history and functional morphology of the human and great ape family, the Hominidae. His work on the wrist of Homo floresiensis, the so-called "hobbits" of human evolution, received considerable attention worldwide after it was published in 2007 in the journal Science. Matt’s other recent publications appear in Nature, Journal of Human Evolution, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Journal of Anatomy, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, Dental Anthropology, and Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. He is also a co-author of The Osteology of Infants and Children, available from Texas A&M University Press.