Noel T Boaz, PhD, MD


Affiliate Research Professor of Anthropology

Affiliated Research Professor of Anthropology

M.D., Saba University School of Medicine 2004
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California 1977 
M.A. in Anthropology, University of California 1974 
B.A. in Physical Anthropology, University of Virginia 1973 

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Paleoanthropologist, physician, and anatomist Noel T. Boaz, Ph.D., M.D. began research on early hominids in Africa in 1973, after graduating from the University of Virginia as University major in Physical Anthropology. He completed his doctoral thesis on the hominid paleoecology of the Lower Omo Basin, Ethiopia under F. Clark Howell and received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977. From there he went on to UCLA, New York University, and the Virginia Museum of Natural History, an institution which he founded in 1984. He was Professor of Anatomy in medical schools in the West Indies and Libya from 1995 to 2011. He is President of the nonprofit Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine, where he directs the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and serves as Professor of Anatomy. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, affiliated Research Professor of Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Chairman of the Board of the College of Henricopolis School of Medicine. He has been a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kinshasa and a Meyerhoff Visiting Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science. He has taken part in or led major field expeditions to Ethiopia, D.R. Congo, China, and Libya. His discoveries have added to the fossil record of Homo sapiens, Homo erectus, Homo habilis, australopithecines, nonhuman primates, and many species that lived alongside our ancestors and forebears. He is International Director of the East Libya Neogene Research Project, a multidisciplinary research effort investigating the ape-human divergence in the African Miocene Epoch. The author of many publications, he is senior author of the textbook, Biological Anthropology, A Synthetic View of Human Evolution (2002). His most recent books include Circum-Mediterranean Geology and Biotic Evolution during the Neogene Period: The Perspective from Libya (Garyounis University, Libya, 2008), Dragon Bone Hill, An Ice Age Saga of Homo erectus (Oxford University Press, 2004) and Evolving Health, The Origins of Illness and How the Modern World is Making Us Sick (John Wiley and Sons, 2002).