about me

Caroline VanSickle at Malapa
Here I am taking a break from studying the Rising Star Homo naledi fossil remains to visit to Malapa, the site in South Africa where Australopithecus sediba was discovered. Photo by John Hawks.

My name is Caroline VanSickle, and I am a scientist.

I earned my Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan for my research on Neandertal birth. As the first-ever Wittig Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I developed a feminist approach to paleoanthropology research. As an honorary affiliate of the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, I led the research on the pelvic anatomy of the newly discovered species Homo naledi.

I am now an Assistant Professor of Anatomy at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. I co-teach the dissection-based human gross anatomy course our medical students take during their first year.

My research lab explores modern human skeletal variation using 3D techniques. Currently the focus is on variation in pelvic sexual dimorphism with an emphasis on the relationship between the bony pelvis and obstetrics. This research will have implications for our understanding of pelvic evolution and modern clinical applications.

Casts of hominin pelvic fossils, a hand-written sign reading "Hip Heaven", and a plastic goniometer. Photo taken by John Hawks, 2014.
Photo by John Hawks, 2014.