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Dr. Robert K. McAfee

Assistant Professor of Human Anatomy
Biological & Allied Health Sciences
Meyer Hall 160
525 S. Main Street
Ada, OH 45810

Ph.D. Biological Sciences - Northern Illinois University (2007)
B.S. Biology (Geology minor) - Bowling Green State University (2000)

Teaching Interests: 

BIOL 3021 - Human Anatomy
BIOL 1341 - Anatomy & Histology

Research Interests: 

I am a mammalian paleontologist specializing in the study of the members of Superorder Xenarthra. This group contains the living and extinct taxa of the mammalian Orders Cingulata (armadillos, pampatheres, glypotodonts) and Pilosa (sloths, anteaters), whose remains are known from the Eocene of South America to the present, and with some members inhabiting Central America, North America and the Carribean islands within the last 5 million years (although most died out within the last 10,000yrs). The majority of my research focuses on the extinct sloths, with questions related to issues from taxonomy and systematics to others regarding the functional morphology and biomechanics of these extinct beasts.

Selected Publications: 

McAfee, RK. In Press. Dental anomalies within extantmembers of the mammalian Order Pilosa. Acta Zoologica.

Naples, VL and RK McAfee. 2014. Chewing through the Miocene: an examination of the feeding musculature in the ground sloth Hapalops from South America. F1000 Research, 3:86.  Full Text

Resar NA., JL Green and RK McAfee. 2013. Reconstructing paleodiet in ground sloths (Mammalia: Xenarthra) using dental microwear analysis. Kirtlandia, 58:61-72.

McAfee, RK. and VL Naples. 2012. Notice on the occurrence of supernumerary teeth in the two-toed sloths Choloepus didactylus and C. hoffmanni. Mastozoologia Neotropical, 19(2): 339-344.  

Naples, VL and RK McAfee. 2012. Reconstruction of the cranial musculature and masticatory function of the Pleistocene panamerican sloth Eremotherium (Mammalia: Xenarthra: Megatheriidae). Historical Biology, 24(2):187-206.

McAfee, RK. 2011. Feeding mechanics and dietary implications in the fossil sloth Neocnus (Mammalia: Xenarthra: Megalonychidae) from Haiti. Journal of Morphology, 272: 1204-1216.
McAfee, RK.
2009. Reassessment of the cranial characters of Glossotherium and Paramylodon (Mammalia: Xenarthra: Mylodontidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 155: 885-903.

McAfee, RK.  2007.  Reassessing the Taxonomy and Affinities of the Mylodontinae Sloths, Glossotherium and Paramylodon (Mammalia: Xenarthra: Tardigrada).  Ph.D. Dissertation, Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, IL: 177pp.