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Professor Sarah Elton

Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)


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Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) in the Vice-Chancellor's OfficePC249 
Professor in the Department of Anthropology +44 (0) 191 33 40241
Deputy Executive Dean, Education and Student Experience (Sarah is currently seconded as Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) from 1 December 2022 until 31 December 2023) in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health  

Research interests

  • Old World monkey biogeography
  • Ecology, palaeobiology and palaeoecology
  • Primate locomotion
  • Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution
  • Functional morphology
  • Evolutionary medicine

Research groups


Authored book

  • Ulijaszek, S., Mann, N. & Elton, S. (2012). Evolving Human Nutrition: Implications for Public Health. Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

  • O’Regan, H.J., Bishop, L.C., Elton, S., Lamb, A. & Turner, A. (2004), Afro-Eurasian mamalian dispersions of the late Pliocene and early Pleistocene, in Maul, L.C. & Kalkhe, R.D. eds, Terra Nostra: 18th International Senckenberg Conference and 6th International Colloquium in Weimar Late Neogene and Quaternary Biodiversity and Evolution: regional development and interregional correlations. Senckenberg: Frankfurt.

Edited book

  • Plomp, Kimberly A., Roberts, Charlotte A., Elton, Sarah & Bentley, Gillian R. (2022). Palaeopathology and Evolutionary Medicine: An Integrated Approach. Oxford University Press.
  • Elton, S. & O'Higgins, P. (2008). Medicine and Evolution: Current Applications, Future Prospects. Taylor and Francis.

Edited Journal

  • Elton, Sarah (2015). Primate Biogeography: mini special issue. Folia Primatologica, 85 (5): Karger.
  • O'Regan, Hannah J., Elton, Sarah & Schreve, Danielle (2014). Predators, Prey and Hominins - Celebrating the Scientific Career of Alan Turner (1947-2012). Quaternary Science Reviews, 96
  • Elton, S Mascie-Taylor, C.G.N., Ulijaszek, S.J. & Cameron, N. (2009). 50th Anniversary Symposium of the Society for the Study of Human Biology. Annals of Human Biology, 26 (5).
  • Wood, B. & Elton, S. (2008). Human Evolution: Ancestors and Relatives. Journal of Anatomy, 212 (4).

Journal Article

Supervision students