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Marcus Young Owl

Title: Professor of Physical Anthropology and Primate Biology
Phone: (562) 985-5179
Office: FO3-316

Education History

MA, Ph.D, UCLA Post-Doc, University of Illinois


Courses Taught

Department of Anthropology:

ANTH 435 Human Evolution
ANTH 363 Natural History of Primates
ANTH 437 Primate Ecology
ANTH 434 Primate Evolution
ANTH 402 Evolutionary Theory

Department of Biological Sciences: Human Anatomy, Human Biology


Research Focus and Teaching Specialties

Primate anatomy and comparative biology, evolutionary theory, anatomical lexicon, history of physical anthropology and anatomy, science education.



Dr. Marcus Young Owl is a professor and former chair of Anthropology (1995-2001) and Human Development (2006-2007). He has worked on the anatomy of mammalian digestive systems and the nutritional physiology of microtine rodents. He is currently interested in the accessibility of potential college students to science education via new technologies.




  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2006 for The Cambridge Dictionary of Human Biology and Evolution.
  • Emmy Award 2007 (for contributions to Coastline Course, The Evolving Human) Platinum EVA 2009 (for contributions to Coastline Course, The Cardio-Vascular System)


Selected Publications

  • Co-author, The Cambridge Dictionary of Human Biology and Evolution (2005)
  • Contributor to Grizimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia (2003), Three chapters: Structure and function (of mammals), Adaptations to flight, and Old World fruit bats II.
  • With G. O. Batzli (1998) The integrated processing response of voles to changes in fiber content in their diets. Functional Ecology.