Eric J. Sargis is a Professor of Anthropology, with secondary appointments in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Council on Archaeological Studies. He is also Curator of Mammalogy and Vertebrate Paleontology at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
His interests include the origin and early evolution of primates, and he is currently collaborating on analyses of Paleocene euarchontan skeletons, including those of plesiadapiform primates. He also studies Old World monkey diversity using integrative approaches that synthesize data from evolutionary morphology, genetics, behavioral ecology, vocalizations, and biogeography. His current collaborative study on this topic focuses on newly discovered guenon taxa from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and this project has significant conservation implications for these threatened primates. He also co-directs Yale Peabody Museum paleontological field expeditions to latest Cretaceous and earliest Paleocene localities in Montana. He and his co-directors are studying mammalian faunal turnover across the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary and focusing on the earliest Paleocene from which the oldest primate fossils are known. In 2008, he published an edited book, Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology: A Tribute to Frederick S. Szalay. He has conducted fieldwork in Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Florida. He is also a Series Co-Editor for the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series.
Federman, S, Dornburg, A, Daly, DC, Downie, A, Perry, GH, Yoder, AD, Sargis, EJ, Richard, AF, Donoghue, MJ, and Baden, AL (2016) Implications of lemuriform extinctions for the Malagasy flora. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113: 5041–5046.
Manz, CL, Chester, SGB, Bloch, JI, Silcox, MT, and Sargis, EJ (2015) New partial skeletons of Paleocene Nyctitheriidae and evaluation of proposed euarchontan affinities. Biology Letters 11: 20140911.
Silcox, MT, Sargis, EJ, Bloch, JI, and Boyer, DM (2015) Primate origins and supraordinal relationships: morphological evidence. In W Henke and I Tattersall (eds.), Handbook of Paleoanthropology, Vol. 2: Primate Evolution and Human Origins, 2nd ed., Springer: Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 1053-1081.
Sargis, EJ, Woodman, N, Morningstar, NC, Reese, AT, and Olson, LE (2014) Island history affects faunal composition: the treeshrews (Mammalia: Scandentia: Tupaiidae) from the Mentawai and Batu Islands, Indonesia. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 111: 290-304.
O’Leary, MA, Bloch, JI, Flynn, JJ, Gaudin, TJ, Giallombardo, A, Giannini, NP, Goldberg, SL, Kraatz, BP, Luo, Z-X, Meng, J, Ni, X, Novacek, MJ, Perini, FA, Randall, Z, Rougier, GW, Sargis, EJ, Silcox, MT, Simmons, NB, Spaulding, M, Velazco, PM, Weksler, M, Wible, JR, and Cirranello, AL (2013a) The placental mammal ancestor and the post-K-Pg radiation of placentals. Science 339: 662-667.
Hart, JA, Detwiler, KM, Gilbert, CC, Burrell, AS, Fuller, JL, Emetshu, M, Hart, TB, Vosper, A, Sargis, EJ, Tosi, AJ (2012) Lesula: a new species of Cercopithecus monkey endemic to the Democratic Republic of Congo and implications for conservation of Congo’s Central Basin. PLoS ONE 7: e44271.
Gilbert, CC, Stanley, WT, Olson, LE, Davenport, TRB, and Sargis, EJ (2011) Morphological systematics of the kipunji (Rungwecebus kipunji) and the ontogenetic development of phylogenetically informative characters in the Papionini. Journal of Human Evolution 60: 731-745.