Top tier publications (IF>8) listed in blue. Lab members highlighted in bold.


34. Parks AN Smaers JB. The evolution of the frontal lobes in primates. In: Digital Endocasts (from skulls to brains) (Edited by E. Bruner). In Press.

33. Kerney MSmaers JB, Schoenemann PT & Dunn JC. The coevolution of play and the cortico-cerebellar system in primates. Primates. In Press.

32. Passingham RE, Smaers JB & Sherwood CC. Evolutionary specializations of the human prefrontal cortex. In: Evolution of Nervous Systems (Edited by J. Kaas). In Press. 

31. Smaers JB & Mongle CS. On the accuracy and theoretical underpinnings of the multiple variance Brownian motion approach for estimating variable rates and inferring ancestral states. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 121(1): 229-238.

30. Smaers JB, Gómez-Robles A, Parks AN & Sherwood CC. Exceptional evolutionary expansion of the prefrontal cortex in great apes and humans. Current Biology. 27: 714-720.

29. Gómez-Robles A, Smaers JB, Holloway RL, Polly PD & Wood B. Uncoupled scenarios for brain expansion and dental reduction in hominins. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114(3): 468-473.


28. Wallace I, Botigue LR, Lin M, Smaers JB, Henn BM & Grine FE. Worldwide variation in hip fracture incidence weakly aligns with genetic divergence between populations. Osteoporosis International. 27(9): 2867-2872.

27. Balanoff A, Smaers JB & Turner A.  Modular evolution and the influence of flight on neuroanatomical variation within theropod dinosaurs. Journal of Anatomy. 229: 204-214.

26. Smaers JB & Rohlf FJ. Testing species’ deviations from allometric predictions using the phylogenetic regression. Evolution. 70 (5): 1145-1149.

25. Soligo C & Smaers JB. Contextualizing primate origins – An ecomorphological framework. Journal of Anatomy. 228 (4): 608-629.

24. Smaers JB, Mongle CS, Kandler A. A multiple variance Brownian motion framework for estimating variable rates and inferring ancestral states. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 118 (1): 78-94.


23. Phillips KA, Stimpson CD, Smaers JB, Raghanti MA, Jacobs B, Popratiloff A, Hof PR & Sherwood CC. Biophysical constraints on the processing speed of corpus callosum axons in primates and its role in the evolution of hemispheric asymmetry. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. 282: 20151535.

22. MacDonald K, Smaers JB & Steele J. Hominin geographical range dynamics: do non-human primates provide a good analogy? Journal of Human Evolution 87: 66-77.

21. Almécija S, Smaers JB & Jungers WL. The evolution of human and ape hand proportions. Nature Communications. 6:7717.

20. Jones KE, Smaers JB & Goswami A. Impact of the terrestrial-aquatic transition on disparity and rates of evolution in the carnivoran skull. BMC Evoutionary Biology 15:8.


19. Passingham RE & Smaers JB. Is the prefrontal cortex especially enlarged in the human brain? Allometric relations and remapping factors. Brain, Behavior and Evolution 84: 156-166.

18. Smaers JB. Modelling the evolution of the cerebellum: from macroevolution to function. In: Narender Ramnani, editor: Progress in Brain Research, Vol. 210, Amsterdam: The Netherlands, 193-216.

17. Goswami A, Smaers JB, Soligo C & Polly PD. The macroevolutionary consequences of phenotypic integration: from development to deep time. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 369, 20130254.

16. Parr WCH, Soligo C, Smaers JB, Chatterjee HJ, Ruto A, Cornish L & Wroe S. What controls the shape of the hominoid talus? Articular facet curvatures, orientations and analysis of whole talar surface shapes. Journal of Anatomy, 225, 1, 42-59.


15. Tsegai ZJ, Kivell TL, Gross T, Nguyen H, Parr DH, Smaers JB & Skinner MM. Trabecular bone structure correlates with hand posture and use in hominoids. PLoS One. 8 (11), e78781.

14. Kivell TL, Barros AP & Smaers JB. Different evolutionary pathways underlie the morphology of wrist bones in hominoids. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13:229.

13. Smaers JB. How humans stand out in frontal lobe scaling. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110 (39), E3682.

12. Sherwood CC & Smaers JB. What’s the fuss over human frontal lobe evolution? Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 17(9), 432-3.

11. Smaers JB & Soligo C. Brain reorganization, not relative brain size, primarily characterizes anthropoid brain evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 280, 20130269.

10. Smaers JB, Steele J, Case CR, Amunts K. Laterality and the evolution of the prefronto-cerebellar system in anthropoids. In The evolution of human handedness (eds. McGrew W.C., Marchant L., Schiefenhövel W.). New York, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1288: 59-69.


09. Smaers JB, Dechmann DKN, Goswami A, Soligo C, Safi K. Comparative analyses of evolutionary rates reveal different pathways to encephalization in bats, carnivorans, and primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(44), 18006-18011.

08. Brill B, Smaers JB, Steele J, Rein R, Nonaka T, Dietrich G, Biryukova E, Hirata S & Roux V. Functional mastery of “percussive technology” in nut-cracking and stone-flaking actions: experimental comparison of the tasks and implications for the evolution of the human brain. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 367: 59-74.

07. Smaers JB, Mulvaney PI, Soligo C, Zilles K, Amunts K. Sexual dimorphism and laterality in the evolution of the primate prefrontal cortex. Brain, Behavior and Evolution 79: 205-212

06. Kandler A & Smaers JB. An agent-based approach to modelling mammalian evolution: How resource distribution and predation affect body size evolution.  Advances in Complex Systems 15: 1150014/1-17.


05. Smaers JB, Steele J, Case CR, Cowper A, Amunts K, et al. Primate prefrontal cortex evolution: human brains are the extreme of a lateralized ape trend. Brain, Behavior and Evolution 77: 67-78.

04. Zilles K, Amunts K, Smaers JB. Three brain collections for comparative neuroanatomy and neuroimaging. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1225 S1: E94-E104.

03. Smaers JB, Steele J, Zilles K. Modeling the evolution of cortico-cerebellar systems in primates. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1225: 176-190.


02. Smaers JB, Schleicher A, Zilles K, Vinicius L. Frontal white matter volume is associated with brain enlargement and higher structural connectivity in haplorrhine primates. PLoS One 5: e9123.


01. Smaers JB &Vinicius L. Inferring macro-evolutionary patterns using an adaptive peak model of evolution. Evolutionary Ecology Research 11: 991-1015.