Ross Douglas Earle MacPhee

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Switek, Brian (2011) Inside the Columbian mammoth, signs of a Woolly cousin. Wired Science.
CBS Early Show (3/23/2013) [De-extinction]

An Apology to Elephants (2013) HBO documentary [interview], aired 22 April 2013 (Earth Day)

WSJ Digital Network Lunch Break with Wendy Bounds (2013) [Interview regarding

report on significance of recovery of full genome of 700k yr old horse (27 June 2013)]!B586C23C-8C99-48EB-954D-1E8910B91D54

Poppick, Laura (2013) “Woolly mammoth comeback? 5 ethical challenges” LiveScience [Discussion of my presentation on de-extinction at AMNH SciCafe, 2 October 2013] (October 8, 2013)

Newbern, Liz (2013) Night at the museum Scienceline Though there is no agreement among experts about whether de-extinction is advisable or even possible, Ross D. E. MacPhee, curator at the American Museum ...

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  1. MacPhee RDE (1969) Zinj in transition: the Swahili and Portuguese on the East African Coast 1200-1515. Honours essay, Department of History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  2. MacPhee RDE (1969) [Review of Q Ahmed The Wahabi Movement in India (1969)]. Pacific Affairs 42: 120


  1. MacPhee RDE (1977) Auditory regions of strepsirhine primates, tree shrews, elephant shrews, and lipotyphlous insectivores: an ontogenetic perspective on character analysis. PhD dissertation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

  2. MacPhee RDE (1977) Ontogeny of the ectotympanic-petrosal plate relationship in strepsirhine prosimians. Folia Primatologica 27: 245-283


  1. MacPhee RDE (1978) [Review of P Hershkovitz, Living New World Monkeys (Platyrrhini) with an Introduction to Primates (1977)]. Newsletter of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology 2: 39-40

  2. MacPhee RDE (1978) Entotympanic ontogeny and the true construction of the primate tympanic floor. University of Manitoba Papers in Anthropology 20: 1-39


  1. MacPhee RDE (1979) Entotympanics, ontogeny and primates. Folia Primatologica 31: 23-47


  1. Cartmill M, MacPhee RDE (1980) Tupaiid affinities: the evidence of the carotid arteries and cranial skeleton. In WP Luckett (ed) Comparative Biology and Evolutionary Relationships of Tree Shrews: 95-132 (Plenum: New York)


  1. MacPhee RDE (1981) Auditory regions of primates and eutherian insectivores: morphology, ontogeny, and character analysis. Contributions to Primatology 18: 1-282

  2. Cartmill M, MacPhee RDE, Simons EL (1981) Anatomy of the temporal bone in early anthropoids, with remarks on the problem of anthropoid origins. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 56: 3-21

  3. MacPhee RDE (1981) [Review of WJ Moore The Mammalian Skull (1980)]. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 56: 95-96

  4. MacPhee RDE (1981) Fossil mammals from Trinidad's Pitch Lake. Trinidad Naturalist Magazine 3(9): 14-16


  1. MacPhee RDE, Woods CA (1982) A new fossil cebine from Hispaniola. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 58: 419-436


  1. MacPhee RDE, Cartmill M, Gingerich PD (1983) New Palaeogene primate basicrania and definition of the order Primates. Nature 310: 509-511

  2. MacPhee RDE (1983) [Review of R Ciochon, B Chiarelli (eds) Evolutionary Biology of the New World Monkeys and Continental Drift (1983)] American Journal of Physical Anthropology 61: 133-134

  3. MacPhee RDE, Woods CA, Morgan GS (1983) The Pleistocene rodent Alterodon major and the mammalian biogeography of Jamaica. Palaeontology 26: 831-837


  1. MacPhee RDE, Simons EL, Wells NA, Vuillaume-Randriamanantena M (1984) Team finds giant lemur skeleton. Geotimes 29:10-11

  2. MacPhee RDE (1984) Quaternary mammal localities and heptaxodontid rodents of Jamaica. American Museum Novitates 2803:1-34


  1. MacPhee RDE, Burney DA, Wells NA (1985) Early Holocene chronology and environment of Ampasambazimba, a Malagasy subfossil lemur site. International Journal of Primatology 6: 463- 489

  2. MacPhee RDE (1985) Primates. In SB Parker (ed) McGraw-Hill 1986 Yearbook of Science and Technology: 362-364 (McGraw-Hill, New York)


  1. MacPhee RDE, Cartmill M (1986) Basicranial structures and primate systematics. In DR Swindler (ed) Comparative Primate Biology, vol 1, Systematics, Evolution and Anatomy: 219-275 (Liss, New York)

  2. MacPhee RDE, Jacobs LL (1986) Nycticeboides simpsoni and the morphology, adaptations, and relationships of Miocene Siwalik Lorisidae. In KM Flanagan, JA Lillegraven (eds) Vertebrate Phylogeny and Philosophy: a Tribute to George Gaylord Simpson (Contributions to Geology, University of Wyoming, Special Paper 3): 131-161

  3. MacPhee RDE (1986) Environment, extinction, and Holocene vertebrate localities in southern Madagascar. National Geographic Research 2: 441-455


  1. MacPhee RDE (1987) Systematic status of Dasogale fontoynonti (Tenrecidae, Insectivora). Journal of Mammalogy 68: 133-135

  2. MacPhee RDE (1987) The shrew tenrecs of Madagascar: systematic revision and Holocene distribution of Microgale (Tenrecidae, Insectivora). American Museum Novitates 2889: 1-45

  3. MacPhee RDE (1987) Basicranial morphology and ontogeny of the extinct giant lemur Megaladapis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 74: 333-355

  4. Burney DA, MacPhee RDE, Dewar RE, Wells NA, Andriamantana JE, Vuillaume-Randriamanantena M (1987) L'environnement au cours de l'Holocène et la disparition de la megafaune à Madagascar: quel rapport avec la conservation de la nature? In R Mittermeier et al. (eds) Priorités en Matière de Conservation des Espèces à Madagascar:137-144 (IUCN/SSC: Washington DC)


  1. MacPhee RDE (1988) [Review of JG Else, PC Lee (eds) Primate Evolution (1988)]. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 75:135-136

  2. Burney DA, MacPhee RDE (1988) Mysterious island: what killed Madagascar's large native animals? Natural History 97(7): 46-55

  3. MacPhee RDE, Novacek M, Storch G (1988) Basicranial morphology of early Cenozoic erinaceomorphs and the origin of primates. American Museum Novitates 2921:1-42

  4. MacPhee RDE, Raholimavo E (1988) Modified subfossil aye-aye incisors from southwestern Madagascar: species allocation and paleoecological significance. Folia Primatologica 51:126-142


  1. MacPhee RDE, Ford DC, McFarlane DA (1989) Pre-Wisconsinan mammals from Jamaica and models of late Quaternary extinctions in the Greater Antilles. Quaternary Research 31: 94-106

  2. MacPhee RDE, Cartmill M, Rose KD (1989) Craniodental morphology of the supposed dermopteran Plagiomene (Mammalia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 9: 329-349

  3. McFarlane DA, MacPhee RDE (1989) Amblyrhiza and the Quaternary bone caves of Anguilla, British West Indies. Cave Science, Transactions of the British Cave Research Association 16: 31-34

  4. MacPhee RDE (1989) [Review of A Gautier-Hion et al. (eds) A Primate Radiation (1988)]. Recent Publications in Natural History 7: 3-4

  5. MacPhee RDE, McFarlane DA (1989) Amblyrhiza inundata, the extinct giant "rat" of Anguillea. Anguilla Life 2: 19-20


  1. MacPhee RDE, Wyss AR (1990) Oligo-Miocene vertebrates from Puerto Rico, with a catalog of localities. American Museum Novitates 2965: 1-45


  1. MacPhee RDE, Fleagle JG (1991) Postcranial remains of Xenothrix mcgregori (Primates Xenotrichidae) and other late Quaternary mammals from Long Mile Cave, Jamaica. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 206: 287-321

  2. MacPhee RDE, Burney DA (1991) Dating of modified femora of extinct dwarf Hippopotamus from southern Madagascar: implications for constraining human colonization and vertebrate extinction events. Journal of Archaeological Science 18: 695-706


  1. MacPhee RDE among 16 others (1992) Comment on the proposed conservation of the generic and specific names of Palaeopropithecus ingens G. Grandidier 1899 (Mammalia Primates). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 49: 73

  2. Jaimez Salgado E, Gutiérrez Calvache D, MacPhee RDE, Gould GC (1992) The monkey caves of Cuba. Cave Science, Transactions of the British Cave Research Association 19: 25-30


  1. MacPhee RDE, Novacek MJ (1993) Definition and relationships of Lipotyphla. In FS Szalay, MJ Novacek, MC McKenna (eds) Mammal Phylogeny, vol 2: 13-31 (Springer: New York)

  2. MacPhee RDE (ed) (1993) Primates and their Relatives in Phylogenetic Perspective (Plenum: New York) xiii + 383 pp

  3. MacPhee RDE (1993) Summary. In RDE MacPhee (ed) Primates and their Relatives in Phylogenetic Perspective: 363-373 (Plenum: New York)

  4. MacPhee RDE (1993) From Cuba: a mandible of Paralouatta. Evolutionary Anthroplogy 2: 32

  5. Biknevicius AR, McFarlane DA, MacPhee RDE (1993) Body size in Amblyrhiza inundata (Heptaxodontidae, Caviomorpha), an extinct megafaunal rodent from the Anguilla Bank, West Indies: estimates and implications. American Museum Novitates 3079: 1-25

  6. McFarlane DA, MacPhee RDE (1993) Amblyrhiza and the vertebrate paleontology of Anguillean caves. Boletin de la Sociedad Venezolana de Espelología 27: 33-38


  1. Burney DA, Burney LP, MacPhee RDE (1994) Holocene charcoal stratigraphy from Laguna Tortuguero, Puerto Rico, and the timing of human arrival on the island. Journal of Archaeological Science 21: 273-281

  2. MacPhee RDE (1994) Morphology, adaptations, and relationships of Plesiorycteropus, and a diagnosis of a new order of eutherian mammals. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 220: 1-213

  3. MacPhee RDE, Iturralde-Vinent MA (1994) First Tertiary land mammal fossils from Greater Antilles: an Early Miocene sloth (Xenarthra, Megalonychidae) from Cuba. American Museum Novitates 3094: 1-13

  4. Beard KC, MacPhee RDE (1994) Cranial anatomy of Shoshonius and the antiquity of Anthropoidea. In JG Fleagle and RF Kay (eds) Anthropoid Origins: 55-97 (Plenum: New York)


  1. MacPhee RDE, Iturralde-Vinent M A (1995) Earliest monkey from Greater Antilles. Journal of Human Evolution 28: 197-200

  2. MacPhee RDE, Horovitz I, Arredondo O, Jiménez Vázquez O (1995) A new genus for the extinct Hispaniolan monkey Saimiri bernensis (Rímoli 1977), with notes on its systematic position. American Museum Novitates 3134: 1-21

  3. MacPhee RDE, Iturralde-Vinent MA (1995) Origin of the Greater Antillean land mammal fauna 1: New Tertiary land mammals from Cuba and Puerto Rico. American Museum Novitates 3141: 1-31 (OALMF 1)

  4. MacPhee RDE, Beard KC, Tao Q (1995) Significance of primate petrosal from Middle Eocene fissure-fillings of Shanghuang, Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China. Journal of Human Evolution 29: 501-514


  1. MacPhee RDE, Rivero de la Calle M (1996) Accelerator mass spectrometry 14C determination for the alleged “Cuban spider monkey” Ateles (= Montaneia) anthropomorphus. Journal of Human Evolution 30: 89-94

  2. MacPhee RDE, Grimaldi DA (1996) Mammal bones in Dominican amber. Nature 380: 489-490

  3. Iturralde-Vinent MA, MacPhee RDE (1996) Age and paleogeography of Dominican amber. Science 273: 1850-1852

  4. MacPhee RDE (1996) The Greater Antillean monkeys. Revista de Ciència 18: 13-32

  5. MacPhee RDE (1996) Cuba past/Cuba en el passado. In A Silva Lee, Natural Cuba/Cuba Natural: 1-17 (Pangaea Press: Minneapolis)


  1. MacPhee RDE (1997) Vertebrate palaeontology of Jamaican caves. In A Fincham (ed) Jamaica Underground, 2nd ed: 47-56 (University of the West Indies Press: Kingston)

  2. MacPhee RDE, Marx PA (1997) The 40,000-year plague: humans, hyperdisease, and first-contact extinctions. In Goodman SM & Patterson BD (eds) Natural Change and Human Impact in Madagascar: 169-217 (Smithsonian Institution Press: Washington DC)

  3. MacPhee RDE (with Boggs J) (1997) Endangered! Exploring a World at Risk (American Museum of Natural History: New York)

  4. MacPhee RDE (with Boggs J) (1997) En Peligro! Explorando un Mundo en Riesgo [trans. by L Chiappe] (American Museum of Natural History: New York)

  5. MacPhee RDE, Flemming C (1997) Brown-eyed, milk-giving, and extinct: mammal losses since AD 1500. Natural History 4/97: 84-88

  6. MacPhee RDE (1997) Digging Cuba: the lessons of the bones. Natural History 12/97: 50-54

  7. MacPhee RDE, Flemming C (1997) Lost mammals—a fatal 500 years. BBC Wildlife (September): 44-45


  1. McFarlane DA, MacPhee RDE, Ford DC (1998) Body size variability and a Sangamonian extinction model for Amblyrhiza, a West Indian megafaunal rodent. Quaternary Research 50: 80-89

  2. McFarlane DA, Lundberg J, Flemming C, MacPhee RDE, Lauritzen S-E (1998) A second pre-Wisconsinan locality for the extinct Jamaican rodent Clidomys (Rodentia: Heptaxodontidae). Caribbean Journal of Science 34: 315-317

  3. MacPhee RDE (1998) Humans and Other Catastrophes [AMNH extinction symposium/National Center for Scientific Literacy, Education, and Technology)


  1. Horovitz I, MacPhee RDE (1999) The Quaternary Cuban platyrrhine Paralouatta varonai and the origin of Antillean monkeys. Journal of Human Evolution 36:33-68

  2. MacPhee RDE (1999) Remember the islands. In R Purcell, Swift as a Shadow: 142-149 (Houghton Miflin: Boston MA)

  3. MacPhee RDE (ed) (1999) Extinctions in Near Time: Causes, Contexts, and Consequences (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers: New York) xv + 394 pp

  4. MacPhee RDE, Flemming C (1999a) Requiem aeternum: the last five hundred years of mammalian species extinctions. In MacPhee RDE (ed) Extinctions in Near Time: Causes, Contexts, and Consequences: 333-372 (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers: New York)

  5. MacPhee RDE, Flemming C (1999b) Requiem aeternum: the last five hundred years of mammalian species extinctions. In JL Cracraft and FT Grifo (eds) The Biodiversity Crisis: Science, Policy, and Society: 73-124 (Columbia University Press: New York) (Reprinting of MacPhee and Flemming [1999a], by request of editors)

  6. MacPhee RDE, Flemming C (1999c) Xenothrix mcgregori (Jamaican monkey). Recently Extinct Species 1 (Committee on Recently Extinct Organisms/Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History: New York)

  7. MacPhee RDE, Flemming C, Lunde D (1999) “Last” occurrence of the Antillean insectivore Nesophontes: new radiometric dates and their interpretation. American Museum Novitates 3264: 1-19

  8. Iturralde-Vinent MA, MacPhee RDE (1999) Paleogeography of the Caribbean region: implications for Cenozoic biogeography. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 238:1-95 (OALMF 2)

  9. Rose KD, MacPhee RDE, Alexander JP (1999) Cranium of Early Eocene Cantius abditus (Primates: Adapiformes) and its phylogenetic implications, with a re-evaluation of “Hesperolemuractius. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 109: 523-539

  10. MacPhee RDE (1999) By endurance we overcome: Sir [Ernest] Shackleton’s fateful expedition. Explorers Journal 77(1): 13-21

  11. MacPhee RDE, Marx PA (1999) Mammoths and microbes. Scientific American Discovering Archaeology 1(5): 54-59

  12. Flemming C, MacPhee RDE (1999) Redetermination of holotype of Isolobodon portoricensis (Rodentia Capromyidae), with notes on recent mammalian extinctions in Puerto Rico. American Museum Novitates 3278:1-11

  13. MacPhee RDE (1999) Aardvarks. In R Singer (ed) Encyclopedia of Paleontology, vol. 1: 1-2 (Fitzroy Dearborn: Chicago)


  1. MacPhee RDE, Iturralde-Vinent MA (2000) A short history of Greater Antillean land mammals: biogeography, paleogeography, radiations, and extinctions. Tropics 10: 145-154

  2. MacPhee RDE, Singer R, Diamond M (2000) Late Cenozoic fossil mammals from Grenada, Lesser Antilles Island-Arc. American Museum Novitates 3302: 1-20 (OALMF 3)

  3. MacPhee RDE, White J, Woods CA (2000) New megalonychid sloths (Phyllophaga, Xenarthra) from the Quaternary of Hispaniola. American Museum Novitates 3303: 1-32 (OALMF 4)

  4. Iturralde-Vinent MA, MacPhee RDE, Díaz-Franco S, Rojas-Consuegra R, Suárez W, Lomba A (2000) Las Breas de San Felipe, a Quaternary fossiliferous asphalt seep near Martí (Matanzas Province, Cuba). Caribbean Journal of Science 36: 300-313


  1. MacPhee RDE, Flemming C (2001) Extinction: complexity of assessing risk. Science 292: 217

  2. Greenwood AD, Lee F, Capelli C, DeSalle R, Marx PA, MacPhee RDE (2001) Evolution of endogenous retroviral-like elements of the woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) and its relatives. Molecular Biology and Evolution 18: 840-847

  3. Mol D, Coppens Y, Tikhonov AN, Agenbroad LD, MacPhee RDE, Flemming C, Greenwood A, Buigues B, de Marliave C, van Geel B, van Reenen GBA, Pals JP, Fisher DC, Fox D (2001) The Jarkov Mammoth: 20,000-Year-Old carcass of a Siberian woolly mammoth Mammuthus primigenius (Blumenbach, 1799). The World of Elephants: 306-309.

  4. White J, MacPhee RDE (2001) The sloths of the West Indies: a systematic and phylogenetic review. In CA Woods, FE Sergile (eds) Biogeography of the West Indies: Patterns and Perspectives, 2nd ed: 201-236 (CRC Press: Boca Raton LA)

  5. MacPhee RDE, Marx PA (2001) The 40,000-year plague: humans, hyperdisease, and first-contact extinctions. In MJ Novacek (ed) The Biodiversity Crisis: Losing What Counts: 83-89 (Norton: New York)

  6. MacPhee RDE (2001) Fossils may harbor pathogens that caused extinctions. Witness the Arctic: Chronicles of the NSF Arctic Sciences Program 9(1): 11

  7. MacPhee RDE (2001) Introduction [to RF Scott, The Voyage of the Discovery, 2 vols: xiii-xxxii] (Cooper Square Press: New York)

  8. MacPhee RDE (2001) Historical extinctions, island biotas, and the biodiversity crisis. Bolletí de la Societat d’Història Natural de les Balears 44: 9-14


  1. MacPhee RDE, Flemming C (2002) CREO mammal list of extinctions since AD 1500 (v1.0). [Committee on Recently Extinct Organisms/Center for Biodiversity and Conservation American Museum of Natural History]

  2. MacPhee RDE, Horovitz I (2002) Extinct Quaternary platyrrhines of the Greater Antilles and Brazil. In W Hartwig (ed) The Primate Fossil Record: 189-200 (Cambridge University Press: New York)

  3. MacPhee RDE, Tikhonov AN, Mol D, de Marliave C, van der Plicht H, Greenwood AD, Flemming C, Agenbroad L (2002) Radiocarbon chronologies and extinction dynamics of the late Quaternary mammalian megafauna of the Taimyr Peninsula, Russian Federation. Journal of Archaeological Science 29: 1017-1042


  1. MacPhee RDE, Iturralde-Vinent MA, Gaffney ES (2003) Domo de Zaza: an Early Miocene vertebrate locality in south-central Cuba, with notes on the tectonic evolution of Puerto Rico and Mona Passage. American Museum Novitates 3394: 1-42 (OALMF 5)

  2. MacPhee RDE, Flemming C (2003) A possible heptaxodontine and other caviidan rodents from the Late Quaternary of Jamaica. American Museum Novitates 3422: 1-42 (OALMF 6)


  1. MacPhee RDE, Horovitz I (2004) New craniodental remains of the Quaternary Jamaican monkey Xenothrix mcgregori (Xenotrichini, Pitheciidae, Platyrrhini) and the Aotus hypothesis. American Museum Novitates 3434: 1-51 (OALMF 7)

  2. Iturralde-Vinent MA, MacPhee RDE (2004) Los mamíferos terrestres de las Antillas Mayores: notas sobre su paleogeografía, biogeografía, irradiaciones y extinciones: 30 pp (Academia de Ciencias de la República Dominicana, Santo Domingo) (OALMF 8)

  3. Greenwood AD, Englbrecht CC, MacPhee RDE (2004) Characterization of an endogenous retrovirus class in elephants and their relatives. BMC Evolutionary Biology 4: 38

  4. Jull AJT, Iturralde-Vinent MA, O’Malley JM, MacPhee RDE, McDonald G, Martin PS, Moody J, Rincón A (2004) Radiocarbon dating of extinct fauna in the Americas recovered from tar pits. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 223/224: 668-671

  5. Flemming C, MacPhee RDE (2004) Newly revealed: records of three American polar archives in The Explorers Club, New York. In BE Kelcey (ed) Polar Research: Proceedings of the 20th Polar Libraries Colloquy: 111-115 (Ottawa, Canada) (Not issued until November 2005)


  1. MacPhee RDE (2005) “First” appearances in the Cenozoic land-mammal record of the Greater Antilles: significance and comparison with South American and Antarctic records. Journal of Biogeography 32: 551-564 (OALMF 9)

  2. MacPhee RDE, Iturralde-Vinent MA (2005) The interpretation of Caribbean Cenozoic paleogeography: a reply to Hedges. In JA Alcover, P Bover (eds) Insular vertebrate evolution: the palaeontological approach. Monografies de la Societat d’Història Natural de les Balears 12: 175-184 (OALMF 10)

  3. Steadman DW, Martin PS, MacPhee RDE, Jull AJT, McDonald G, Woods CA, Iturralde-Vinent MA, Hodgkins G (2005) Asynchronous extinction of late Quaternary sloths on continents and islands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 102: 11763-11768

  4. MacPhee RDE, Tikhonov AN, Mol D, Greenwood AD (2005) Late Quaternary loss of genetic diversity in muskox (Ovibos). BMC Evolutionary Biology 5: 49

  5. Maschenko E, Tikhonov AN, MacPhee RDE (2005) Mammoth calf from Bolshoi Lyakhovski Island (New Siberian Islands, Arctic Siberia). Russian Journal of Theriology 4: 79-88.


  1. Poinar HN, Schwarz C, Ji Q, Shapiro B, MacPhee RDE, Buigues B, Tikhonov AN, Huson D, Tomsho L, Auch A, Rampp M, Miller W, Schuster SC (2006) Metagenomics to paleogenomics: large scale sequencing of mammoth DNA. Science 311: 392-394 (e-pub 20 December, 2005; 10.1126/science. 1123360)

  2. Flemming C, MacPhee RDE (2006) Four tusker! Explorers Journal 83(4): 48

  3. MacPhee RDE, Meldrum J (2006) Postcranial remains of the extinct monkeys of the Greater Antilles, with evidence for semiterrestriality in Paralouatta. American Museum Novitates 3516: 1-65 (OALMF 11)

  4. Capelli C, MacPhee RDE, Roca A, Brisighelli F, Giorgiadis N, O'Brien SJ, Greenwood AD (2006) A nuclear DNA phylogeny of the woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40: 620-627

  5. MacPhee RDE, Poinar HN (2006) Siberian specimen inaugurates the study of paleogenomics. Witness the Arctic: Chronicles of the NSF Arctic Sciences Program 12(1): 16


  1. Bininda-Emonds ORP, Cardillo M, Jones KE, MacPhee RDE, Beck RMD, Grenyer R, Davies TJ, Price SA, Vos R, Gittleman JL, Purvis A (2007) The delayed rise of present-day mammals. Nature 446: 507-512

  2. Kolokotronis S-O, MacPhee RDE, Greenwood AD (2007) Identifying mitochondrial insertions in the nucleus (NuMts) of Pleistocene and modern muskoxen. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7: 67

  3. MacPhee RDE (2007) Mammoths in the insular Nearctic? Some constraints on the existence of a Pleistocene megafaunal refugium in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Quaternary International 169-170: 29-38.

  4. MacPhee RDE, Iturralde-Vinent MA, Jiménez-Vázquez O (2007) Prehistoric sloth extinctions in Cuba: implications of a new “last” appearance date. Caribbean Journal of Science 41: 94-98 (OALMF 12)

  5. Flemming C, MacPhee RDE (2007) From nature to New York: William Leigh's Africa oils. Explorers Journal 84(4): 48

  6. MacPhee RDE, Greenwood AD (2007) Continuity and change in the extinction dynamics of late Quaternary muskox (Ovibos): genetic and radiometric evidence. Bulletin of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History 39: 203-212


  1. Arnold LJ, Roberts RG, MacPhee RDE, Willerslev E, Tikhonov AN, Brock F (2008) Optical dating of perennially-frozen deposits associated with preserved ancient plant and animal DNA in north-central Siberia. Quaternary Geochronology 3: 114-136

  2. MacPhee RDE (2008) [Review of A Lister, P Bahn Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age (2007)]. Quarterly Review of Biology 83: 324

  3. Debruyne R, Chu G, King C, Bos K, Kuch M, Schwarz C, Szpak P, Gröcke DR, Matheus P, Zazula G, Guthrie D, Froese D, Buigues B, de Marliave C, Flemming C, Poinar D, Fisher D, Southon J, Tikhonov AN, MacPhee RDE, Poinar HN (2008) Out of America: Ancient DNA evidence for a New World origin of Late Quaternary woolly mammoths. Current Biology 18: 1-7 (doi:10.1016/j.cub.2008.07.061)

  4. MacPhee RDE (2008) [Review of K Thomson The Legacy of the Mastodon: The Golden Age of Fossils in America (2008)]. Nature 455:465-466

  5. Wyatt KB, Campos P, Gilbert MTP, Hynes WH, DeSalle R, Daszak P, Ball S, *MacPhee RDE, Greenwood AD (2008) Historical mammal extinction due to introduced infectious disease. PLoS One 3(11): e3602 [*co-corresponding author]

  6. Bininda-Emonds ORP, Cardillo M, Jones KE, MacPhee RDE, Beck RMD, Grenyer R, Davies TJ, Price SA, Vos R, Gittleman JL, Purvis A (2008) Corrigendum: The delayed rise of present-day mammals. Nature 456: 274


  1. MacPhee RDE (2009) Vertebrate biogeography: Getting into (and out of) Antarctica. NSF Special Report: 150 Years of On the Origin of Species and the Evolution of Evolution. National Science Foundation, Arlington VA (essay and associated interview)

  2. MacPhee RDE (2009) Insulae infortunatae: establishing the chronology of Late Quaternary mammal extinctions in the West Indies. In G Haynes (ed) American Megafaunal Extinctions at the End of the Pleistocene: 169-193 (Springer: Dordrecht NL) (OALMF 13)

  3. Haile J, Froese D, MacPhee RDE, Roberts RG, Arnold LJ, Reyes A, Rasmussen M, Nielsen R, Brook BW, Robinson S, Demuro M, Gilbert MTP, Munch K, Austin J, Cooper A, Barnes I, Möller P, Willerslev E (2009) Ancient DNA reveals late survival of mammoth and horse in interior Alaska. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106: 22353-22357


  1. Campos PF & 20 co-authors including MacPhee RDE (2010) Ancient DNA analyses exclude humans as the driving force behind late Pleistocene musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) population dynamics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107: 5675-5680

  2. Szpak P, Gröcke DR, Debruyne R, MacPhee RDE, Guthrie RD, Froese D, Zazula GD, Patterson WP, Poinar HN (2010) Regional differences in bone collagen ∂13C and ∂15N of Pleistocene mammoths: Implications for paleoecology of the mammoth steppe. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 286: 88-96

  3. MacPhee RDE, Reguero MA (2010) Reinterpretation of a Middle Eocene record of Tardigrada (Pilosa, Xenarthra, Mammalia) from La Meseta Formation, Seymour Island, West Antarctica. American Museum Novitates 3689: 1-21

  4. Wynne P, MacPhee RDE (2010) Race to the South Pole Coloring Book (Dover: New York)

  5. MacPhee RDE (2010) Race to The End: Amundsen, Scott, and the Attainment of the South Pole (Sterling Innovation: New York) ix + 256 pp


  1. Arnold LJ, Roberts RG, MacPhee RDE, Haile JS, Brock F, Möller P, Froese DG, Tikhonov AN, Chivas AR, Gilbert T, Willerslev E (2010) Paper II—Dirt, dates and DNA: OSL and radiocarbon chronologies of perennially-frozen sediments in Siberia, and their implications for sedimentary ancient DNA studies. Boreas 40: 417-445

  2. MacPhee RDE (2011) Basicranial morphology and relationships of Antillean Heptaxodontidae (Rodentia, Ctenohystrica, Caviomorpha). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 363: 1-70 (OALMF 14)

  3. Enk J, Debruyne R, Devault, A, King CE, Terangen TR, O’Rourke D, Salzburg S, Fisher D, MacPhee RDE, Poinar H (2011) Complete Columbian mammoth mitogenome suggests interbreeding with woolly mammoths. Genome Biology 12:R51 doi:10.1186/gb-2011-12-5-r51

  4. Bond M, Kramarz A, MacPhee RDE, Reguero MA (2011) A new astrapothere (Mammalia, Meridiungulata) from La Meseta Formation, Seymour (Marambio) Island, and a reassessment of previous records of Antarctic astrapotheres. American Museum Novitates 3718: 1-16

  5. Horovitz I, MacPhee RDE (2011) The primate fossil record of the Greater Antilles. In Woods CA, Borotto Paez R (eds) Mammals of the West Indies: 305-315. University of Florida/Wacahoota Press

  1. MacPhee RDE (2011) Race to The End: Scott, Amundsen, and the South Pole, revised edition (The Natural History Museum, London) ix + 256 pp

  2. MacPhee RDE (2011) The walrus and its tusks. [Article accompanying The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis, The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art]

  3. MacPhee RDE (2011) Introduction. In Jones AA, Scott’s Forgotten Surgeon: Dr Reginald Koettlitz, Polar Explorer: v-vii. Whittles: London

  4. MacPhee RDE (2011) Island biotas in the evolutionary stream [book review]. Journal of Mammalian Evolution doi 10.10007/s10914-011-9157-y

  5. MacPhee RDE (2011) [Review of Klover G (ed.) The Diaries of Roald Amundsen (Fram Museum, 2010)]. Polar Record 47: doi 10.1017/S0032247411000027

  6. MacPhee RDE (2011) [Review of A van der Geer et al. Evolution of Island Mammals: Adaptation and Extinction of Placental Mammals on Islands (Wiley, 2010)]. Quarterly Review of Biology 87: 138-139

  7. MacPhee RDE (2011) South Pole (Scott and Amundsen's Race for the Pole, 1911). New York Times, Wednesday December 14:


  1. Clack AA, MacPhee RDE, Poinar HN (2012) Mylodon darwinii DNA sequences from ancient fecal hair shafts. Annals of Anatomy/Anatomischer Anzeiger 194: 26-30

  1. Clack AA, MacPhee RDE, Poinar HN (2012) Case study: Ancient sloth DNA recovered from hairs preserved in paleofeces. In B Shapiro, M Hofreiter (ed) Ancient DNA: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 840): 51-56 (Humana, Dordrecht NL)

  2. MacPhee RDE (2012) Carrera al límite: Amundsen, Scott y la conquista del Polo Sur (GeoPlaneta, Barcelona)

  3. Claeson K, Eastman J, MacPhee RDE (2012) Definitive specimens of Merlucciidae (Gadiformes) from the Eocene of Seymour Island. Antarctic Science 24: 467-472

  4. Bininda-Emonds O, Beck R, MacPhee RDE (2012) Rocking clocks and clocking rocks: a critical look at divergence time estimation in mammals. In Asher R, Mueller J (eds) From clone to bone: the synergy of morphological and molecular tools in palaeobiology: 83-165 (Cambridge University Press)

  5. MacPhee RDE (2012) Sailing to the South Pole: Dumont d’Urville and the discovery of East Antarctica (1838-1840). In Baione T (ed) Natural histories: notable illustrated books from library of the American Museum of Natural History: 132-135. Sterling Innovation: New York

  6. MacPhee RDE (2012) Natural history dioramas: seeing through to the other side. Huffington Post Science [blog, 10/18/12]


  1. MacPhee RDE (2013) Biological extinction. In Bobrowsky P (ed) Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards: xx-xx (Springer: Dordrecht)

  2. MacPhee RDE, Greenwood A (2013) Infectious disease, endangerment, and extinction. International Journal of Evolutionary Biology 2013: id571939 (invited review article)

  3. Straehl FR; Scheyer TM; Forasiepi AM; MacPhee RDE; Sánchez-Villagra M (2013) Evolutionary patterns of bone histology and bone compactness in xenarthran mammal long bones. PLOSOne 8(7): e69275. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0069275


  1. MacPhee RDE (2014) The serrialis bone, interparietal complex, “x” elements, entotympanics, and the composition of the notoungulate caudal cranium. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 384: 1-69.

  2. Nalawade-Chavan S, Zazula GD, Brock F, Southon J, MacPhee RDE, Drukenmiller PS, Harington CR, Hodgkins G (2014) New single amino acid hydroxyproline radiocarbon dates for two problematic American mastodon fossils from Alaska. Quaternary Geochronology 20: 23-28.

  3. Velez-Juarbe J, Martin T, MacPhee RDE, Ortega-Ariza DL (2014) The earliest Caribbean rodents: Oligocene caviomorphs from Puerto Rico. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33: 157-163 (OALMF 15)

  4. Willerslev et al. (51 authors incl. MacPhee RDE) (2014) Fifty thousand years of arctic vegetation change and megafaunal diet. Nature xxx: xx-xx (print, 6 Feb 2014)

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