Work package 3: Vocal tract reconstructions

Vocal tract reconstructions

Dr James Steele, Institute of Archaeology, University College London mail home page
Dr Anna Barney, ISVR, University of Southampton mail home page
Dr Sandra Martelli, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Start 01/ 10/2006 End 30/09/2008

Project 3


To carry out a comparative anatomical study to enable estimation of parameters for the vocal tracts of extinct hominins (to constrain software models of articulatory capacity and articulatory output). The predicted vocal tract dimensions will act as the input data for a separate modelling study in WP4.


To define hard tissue markers of vocal tract dimensions in humans and great apes, and to apply these markers to predict vocal tract dimensions in fossil hominins.