Ekaterina Stansfield


Marie Curie Research Fellow

Role at Hull York Medical School

My prime interest is evolution and adaptation processes in modern humans and my current research addresses the question of the evolutionary impact that changes in diet may have caused due to transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture. I am addressing this problem from biomechanical point of view by means of investigating the response that mandibles of Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and modern humans have due to masticatory loading. I am using Finite Element analysis and geometric morphometrics as main tools for the research. This project is funded by the Marie Curie European Fellowship.


I have received my PhD in Anthropology and Human Evolution in 2007 from the University College London. I have since worked at the Senkenberg Naturhistorische Museum, Frankfurt am Main, and the Institute and Museum of Anthropology, Moscow State University, while still rising and young family. I have started to collaborate with Prof. Paul O’Higgins on questions of biomechanics of mastication in primates in 2009 and started a Marie Curie Research fellowship at the University of York in 2015.


Gunz P., Bulygina, E. (2012) The Mousterian child from Teshik-Tash is a Neanderthal: a geometric morphometric study of the frontal bone. American Journal of Physical Anthropology: 149: 365-379.

Bulygina, E. (2012). Comparative analysis of juvenile hominin remains and analysis of interspecific differences in frontal bone ontogenetic trajectories carried out with the help of geometric morphometrics. (in Russian). Moscow University Herald, Series XXIII. Anthropology: . 3: 12-25.

Stansfield (nee Bulygina), E., Gunz, P. (2011). Skhodnya, Khvalynsk, Satanay and Podkumok calvaria: possible Upper Palaeolithic Hominins from European Russia. Journal of Human Evolution 60: 129-144.

Benazzi S., Stansfield E., Kullmer O., Fiorenza L., Gruppioni G. 2009. Geometric morphometric methods for bone reconstruction: the mandibular condylar process of Pico della Mirandola. The Anatomical Record 292(8), 1088-1097.

Benazzi S., Stansfield E., Milani C., Gruppioni G. 2009. Geometric morphometric methods for three-dimensional virtual reconstruction of a fragmented cranium: the case of Angelo Poliziano. International Journal of Legal Medicine 123 (4), 333-344.

Bulygina, E. 2009. 3D Reconstruction in Palaeoanthropology. OPUS: Interdisciplinary archaeological research. 6: 170-179.

Bulygina, E., Mitteroecker, P., Aiello, L. 2006. Ontogeny of facial dimorphism and patterns of individual development within one human population. American Journal of Physical Anthropology..131: 432-443.

Behar, D.M., Thomas, M.G., Skorecki, K.,  Hammer, M.F., Bulygina E., Rosengarten, D., Jones, A.L., Held, K., Moses, V., Goldstein, D., Bradman, N., Weale, M.E. 2003. Multiple Origins of Ashkenazi Levites: Y Chromosome Evidence for Both Near Eastern and European Ancestries. American Journal of Human Genetics 73: 768-779.

Conference participation

Bulygina (Stansfield), E., Rasskasova, A., Pezhemski, D. 2015. Mesolithic populations from the Eastern Europe and Siberia: cranial shape analysis with the help of geometric morphometric methodology. 5th meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution.

London.Bulygina (Stansfield), E., Pezhemski D., Rasskasova, A. 2014. Cranial vault morphology of Eastern Europe and Eastern Siberia mesolithic population: Comparative Analysis. 19th Congress of the European Anthropological Association. Moscow.Stansfield, E. (nee Bulygina). 2009.

The problem of dichotomy of the frontal bone morphology in the Late Pleistocene hominids from the Western Asia. Poster presentation at the meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society, Chicago.Stansfield, E. (nee Bulygina), Benazzi, S., Grupponi, G. 2009.

Reconstruction of the Poliziano skull using geometric morphometric methods for further application in forensic analysis. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Chicago. Am J Phys Anthropol. S47: 246.Bulygina, E., Gunz, P. 2008.

Mousterian Children from Teshik-Tash and Staroselie: a 3D geometric morphometric analysis. Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Columbus, OH, April 2008. Am J Phys Anthropol S46: 40-41.

Bulygina, E., Aiello, L. 2006. A 3D morphometric analysis of Upper Palaeolithic hominin. Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Anchorage, AK, March 2006. Am J Phys Anthropol S42: 70.

Bulygina, E., Mitteroecker, Ph, Aiello, L. 2004. Intra-populational pattern of facial growth in humans: A geometric morphometric analysis. Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Tampa, FL, April 2004. Am J Phys Anthropol S38: 70-71.