Theodore Cole, III, Ph.D.

Teaching Professor
Department(s) of Biomedical Sciences
Section: Anatomy
UMKC School of Medicine
Education and Background

M.A. - Anthropology - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Ph.D. - Anthropology - State University of New York at Stony Brook
Fellowship - Anthropology - Johns Hopkins University

Meet Theodore Cole

Theodore M. Cole III, Ph.D. is a physical (biological) anthropologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Basic Medical Science at the University of Missouri -Kansas City. He has taught human gross anatomy to medical and dental students at UMKC since 1997. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to coming to UMKC, he was a visiting instructor in the Department of Anthropology at Yale University and a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Cole’s research interests include craniofacial biology (from both clinical and evolutionary perspectives), human and primate evolution, and scientific computing. He is a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association.

Selected Publications

Cole TM III. Postnatal heterochrony of the masticatory apparatus in Cebus apella and Cebus albifrons. Journal of Human Evolution 23, 253-282, 1992

Grine FE, Demes AB, Jungers WL & Cole TM III. Taxonomic affinity of the early Homo cranium from Swartkrans, South Africa. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 92, 411-426, 1993

Lele S & Cole TM III. A new test for shape differences when variance-covariance matrices are unequal. Journal of Human Evolution 31, 193-212, 1996

Richtsmeier JT,Cole TM III, Krovitz GE, Valeri CJ & Lele S. Preoperative morphology and development in sagittal synostosis. Journal of Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology 18, 64-78, 1998

Valeri CJ, Cole TM III, Lele S & Richtsmeier JT. Capturing data from three-dimensional surfaces using fuzzy landmarks. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 107, 113-124, 1998

Cole TM III Further applications of EDMA. In S Lele & JT Richtsmeier: An invariant approach to the statistical analysis of form. London: Chapman & Hall, pp. 263-284, 2001

Cole TM III, Lele S & Richtsmeier JT. A parametric bootstrap approach to the detection of phylogenetic signals in landmark data. In MacLeod N & Forey P (eds.): Morphometrics, Shape, and Phylogenetics. London: Taylor and Francis, pp. 194-219, 2002

Burrows AM, Cole TM III, Mooney MP, Smith TD, Losken HW & Siegel MI. Mandibular form in a rabbit model of familial, nonsyndromic coronal suture synostosis. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 13, 244-250, 2004

Rinaldi C & Cole TM III. Environmental seasonality and incremental growth rates of beaver (Castor canadensis) incisors: implications for palaeobiology. Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology & Palaeogeography 206, 289-301, 2004

Richtsmeier JT, Cole TM III. & Lele S Studying fluctuating asymmetry in a mouse model for Down syndrome: developmental instability and aneuploidy. Modern Methods in Physical Anthropology (D Slice, ed.). Kluwer, pp. 187-212, 2006

Richtsmeier JT, Lele SR & Cole TM III. Acid-sensing ion channels and ischemic brain injury (invited review). J Membr Biol. 209:59-68, 2006.

Richtsmeier JT, Aldridge K, DeLeon VB, Panchal J, Kane AA, Marsh JL, Yan P & Cole TM III. Phenotypic integration of neurocranium and brain. Journal of Experimental Biology, Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 306B, 360-378, 2006

Abstracts of recent presentations

Rinaldi C, Cole TM III & Nievergelt Y. A 3-D method for theoretical modeling and morphometric comparison of helical form of rodent incisors. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25, 104A-105A, 2005

Cole TM III, Lele SR & Richtsmeier JT. Model-based estimation of variance-covariance structure in landmark data, with a consideration of morphological integration in the Macaca fascicularis cranium. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 42, 76. 2006

Cole TM III Stabilizing selection and adaptive optima in the evolution of platyrrhine body size. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 43, 88-89, 2007

Cunningham DL, Cole TM III & Ward CV. Postcranial proportional variation in Australopithecus afarensis and A. africanus. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 46, 85, 2008

Rinaldi C, Martin L, Timm R & Cole TM III. Ridged enamel on the teeth of giant beavers: function or phylogeny? Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Supplement 28, 132, 2008

Schmidt JL, Silcox MT & Cole TM III. A landmark based approach to the study of the ear ossicles using ultra high resolution X-ray computed tomography data. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 46, 355, 2009

Cole TM III & Cunningham DL. Spatial ranks, depth functions, and scale curves as tools for testing the single-species hypothesis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 47, 53, 2010

Rinaldi C, Martin LD, Timm RM, Cole TH III & Kumar V. Evidence of a predation attempt on a giant beaver by a terrestrial carnivore. Abstract submitted for the 70th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. 2010

Cole TM III, Cunningham DL, Grine FE, Kramer A & Wolpoff MH. Dental variation in Homo erectus sensu lato. Abstract submitted for the 80th Annual Meeting of American Association of Physical Anthropologists.