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Charles Oxnard

Committee member

Charles Oxnard

University of Western Australia

Current affiliations

Degrees from Birmingham University, UK, 55, BSc (Ist Class Honours), 58, MB, ChB, (Richard’s Memorial Prize), 62, PhD, (Highly Commended) and 76, DSc, (Official). Appointments included: U. Birmingham, 62-66, Professorship, University of Chicago (66-78), University Professorship (1 of only 5), University of Southern California (78-87), and Established Chair and Head, Anatomy and Human Biology, University of Western Australia (78-87). Retired for 17 years as Emeritus Professor but also holding appointments as Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, and Adjunct Professor in the Forensic Science Centre


Researches from 1952 starting with anatomical dissection and bone measurement. Developed through multivariate statistical analyses, geometric morphometrics, engineering modeling including photoelastic, finite element, and Fast Lagrangian Analyses, and texture analysis with optical and computational Fourier transforms. This work on bones was then extended to mathematical analyses of soft tissue structures, muscles, and the brain, as well as non-anatomical features such as animal movements, lifestyles, diets, and environments. Further studies included mathematical mimicry of individual lineages and species trees and clinical problems: vitamin B12 deficiency, osteoporosis, ear ossicle function and disease, iodine deficiency, cretinism, and the Flores skeleton. They were recently moved into forensic studies of bone.

Recent publications

  • Oxnard C (2023) Aiming at Medicine? Human Biology, Health Sciences and Medicine Futures. World Scientific Publishing, 467 p. doi: 10.1142/13055

  • Oxnard C (2023) Change and Challenge in Human Structure - Sixty Years On: From Cutting and Counting, through Mathematics, Mechanics, Molecules and Modelling, to Brain and Behaviour! World Scientific Publishing, 260 p. doi: 10.1142/13042

  • He Z, Lu JQ, Tang SY, et al. (2022) Southwest China, the last refuge of continental primates in East Asia. Biological Conservation 273: 109681. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109681

  • Huang K, Zhang H, Wang CL, et al. (2021) Use of historical and contemporary distribution of mammals in China to inform conservation.

     Conservation Biology 35(6): 1787-1796. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13795


  • Li BG, Li M, Li JH, et al. (2018) The primate extinction crisis in China: immediate challenges and a way forwardBiodiversity and Conservation 27(13): 3301-3327. doi: 10.1007/s10531-018-1614-y


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