Peter Brown is a Professor and holds the Chair in Palaeoanthropology at the University of New England, Australia. His principal research interests are in the origins, evolution and dispersion of humans, and their extinct relatives, in Asia and Australasia, as indicated by their bones and teeth. Peter was responsible for describing the first skeletal remains of Homo floresiensis and assigning it to a new species. He is currently completing research on some late Pleistocene human fossils from southeastern Australia, which may help with the continuing debate over the origin of the first Australians.
William Jungers is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University. His research interests include functional anatomy, primate evolution and paleoanthropology. He has conducted paleontological fieldwork in Madagascar and Indonesia . He is the editor of “Size and Scaling in Primate Evolution” and co-editor of “Reconstructing Behavior in the Primate Fossil Record.” He is currently involved in the description and analysis of the postcranial skeleton of Homo floresiensis and is co-editing a special issue on the “hobbits” for the Journal of Human Evolution.
Richard Leakey is Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and former Director of the Kenya National Museums and the Kenya Wildlife Service. His field work at Lake Natron on the Kenya-Tanzania border, in the Lower Omo Valley in Ethiopia, and all around Lake Turkana in Kenya, yielded a treasure trove of hominid fossils that has provided much of the paleontological record on which our understanding of human evolution is based. Leakey was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS) in 2007. He recently founded WildlifeDirect, an online service that supports conservationists and is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Turkana Basin Institute at Stony Brook University where he convenes the Human Evolution Series.