Dr Margaret Clegg

Margaret Clegg
  • Head of Human Remains Unit
  • Earth Sciences department
  • Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

General

Research Interests

  • The evolution of human cognition, particularly the evolution of speech and language.
  • The archaeological evidence for hominin cognition.
  • The evolution of modern human growth and development, particularly at adolescence.
  • Modern human morphological variation.
  • The relationship between hard and soft tissue and the associated skeletal markers for soft tissue

Employment at NHM

I joined the Museum in March 2006 as Repatriation Co-ordinator. In January 2008, I became Head of the newly formed Human Remains Unit.

Qualifications

  • PhD.  Biological Anthropology, University College London
  • MSc   Human Evolution and Behaviour, University College London
  • BSc    Behavioural Science, University of Northampton

Professional

Lecturing

  • University College London
  • University of Northampton
  • University of Southampton

Courses including: Palaeoanthropology, primatology, Human Ecology, Evolutionary anatomy, Human Skeletal Biology, Research methods

Committees

  • 2003: Member of the organising committee for the 5th annual conference of British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology
  • 2002-2005 Elected Membership Secretary of the British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. Serve on the Executive committee.
  • 2001: Member of the Human Evolution and Behaviour Society conference organising committee hosted at UCL

Guest lectures

  • World Archaeology Congress Conference 2008 Bones can speak to us too: How the techniques of physical anthropology can reveal human identities.
  • British Museum International Curatorial Training Programme 2008 Museums and Human Remains
  • Department of Archaeology University of Southampton 2006 Settling the dead: issues in the repatriation of human remains.
  • Radical Archaeology Group Camden 2006 Settling the dead: issues in the repatriation of human remains.
  • ESF workshop: Music, language & human evolution. University of Reading 2004 Invited speaker. Specialised for speech? The evolution of the human vocal tract.
  • Evolutionary Anatomy Unit Anatomy Department UCL 2003 Predicting hyoid bone dimensions from cranial measurements.
  • CAHO, Department of Archaeology University of Southampton.2003 Specialised for speech? The evolution of the human vocal tract
  • Primate Society of Great Britain Winter Meeting 2002. Comparing Vocal tracts across primate species
  • Department of Archaeology and Antiquity,University of Birmingham. 2002Speech and the Neanderthals
    University of Kent Department of Anthropology seminar series.2000 Paying the price of speech

Publications

Publications
2006
  • Clegg, M ( 2006 ) Growth in modern western children: A representative sample?, In: Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology. . Archaeopress : Oxford , .
2005
  • Zakrzewski, S Clegg, M ( 2005 ) Proceedings of the fifth annual conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology . Archaeopress : Oxford , .
2003
  • Clegg, M ( 2003 ) Modern Approaches to the Evolution of Speech & Language General Anthropology, Bulletin of the General Anthropology Division. 10 : 1-10 .
1999
  • Clegg, M Aiello, LC ( 1999 ) A comparison of the Nariokotome Homo erectus with juveniles from a modern human population American Journal of Physical Anthropology 110 : 81-93 . American Journal of Physical Anthropology