Dr Simon Underdown, BSc (Hons),



- Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology

  1. -University Teaching Fellow

Human Origins and Palaeo-Environments

Research Group (HOPE)

Dept. of Social Sciences

Oxford Brookes University


Tel  +44 (0)1865 483718

Orcid: 0000-0001-6056-2353

twitter: @sunderdown

blog: www.thescienceofhumanevolution.com

Dr Simon Underdown - a biological anthropologist who specialises in human evolution (and Krav Maga).

I am Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University. I teach, research and write on human evolution, the effect of the environment on humans, palæoepidemeology, the relationship between biology and culture and the development of evolutionary thought. I am particularly interested in science education and communication, and have appeared on a large range of radio and television programmes discussing aspects of human evolution and the latest finds and developments in the subject. I’ve undertaken fieldwork across the world including South America and the Middle East. I have  written numerous scholarly papers and am the co-author of two books. I have written for the Guardian on a number of contemporary issues in science, including climate change, creationism, religious belief and the use of human remains in research and also contributed book reviews to numerous publications, including History Today and the THES. I was Vice President of the Royal Anthropological Institute between 2012-15 and was involved in designing the biological aspects of the A-Level in Anthropology.  I am currently Chair of the Society for the Study of Human Biology and a Research Associate of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford. In my spare time I am an assistant Krav Maga Instructor with CQC Krav Maga.