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Zeder, Melinda

Curator of Old World Achaeology Emeritus

Animal domestication; origins of food production, environmental impact of early agro-pastoral economies in the Near East, subsistence resources in emerging complex societies, Near Eastern archaeology, zooarchaeology

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Selected Publications

  • Article

    • Daly, Kevin G., Mattiangeli, Valeria, Hare, Andrew J., Davoudi, Hossein, Fathi, Homa, Doost, Sanaz Beizaee, Amiri, Sarieh, Khazaeli, Roya, Decruyenaere, Delphine, Nokandeh, Jebrael, Richter, Tobias, Darabi, Hojjat, Mortensen, Peder, Pantos, Alexis, Yeomans, Lisa, Bangsgaard, Pernille, Mashkour, Marjan, Zeder, Melinda A., and Bradley, Daniel G. 2021. "Herded and hunted goat genomes from the dawn of domestication in the Zagros Mountains." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 118, (25). https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2100901118. 2021
    • Zeder, Melinda A. and Lemoine, Ximena. 2020. "A method for constructing demographic profiles in Sus scrofa using Logarithm Size Index scaling." Journal of Archaeological Science 116:105115-105115. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2020.105115 2020
    • Zeder, Melinda A. and Lemoine, Ximena. 2020. "Factors affecting molar size in Sus scrofa." Journal of Archaeological Science 124:105266-105266. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2020.105266 2020
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2020. "Straw Foxes: Domestication Syndrome Evaluation Comes Up Short." Trends in Ecology & Evolution 35 (8):647-649. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2020.03.001 2020
    • Cucchi, Thomas, Papayianni, Katerina, Cersoy, Sophie, Aznar-Cormano, Laetitia, Zazzo, Antoine, Debruyne, Regis, Berthon, Remi, Balasescu, Adrian, Simmons, Alan, Valla, Francois, Hamilakis, Yannis, Mavridis, Fanis, Mashkour, Marjan, Darvish, Jamshid, Siahsarvi, Roohollah, Biglari, Fereidoun, Petrie, Cameron A., Weeks, Lloyd, Sardari, Alireza, Maziar, Sepideh, Denys, Christiane, Orton, David, Jenkins, Emma, Zeder, Melinda, Searle, Jeremy B. et al. 2020. "Tracking the Near Eastern origins and European dispersal of the western house mouse." Scientific Reports 10 (1):https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-64939-9 2020
    • Frantz, Laurent A. F., Haile, James, Lin, Audrey T., Scheu, Amelie, Geörg, Christina, Benecke, Norbert, Alexander, Michelle, Linderholm, Anna, Mullin, Victoria E., Daly, Kevin G., Battista, Vincent M., Price, Max, Gron, Kurt J., Alexandri, Panoraia, Arbogast, Rose-Marie, Arbuckle, Benjamin, Bӑlӑşescu, Adrian, Barnett, Ross, Bartosiewicz, Lá, Baryshnikov, Gennady, Bonsall, Clive, Borić, Dušan, Boroneanţ, Adina, Bulatović, Jelena, Çakirlar, Canan et al. 2019. "Ancient pigs reveal a near-complete genomic turnover following their introduction to Europe." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116 (35):17231-17238. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1901169116 2019
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2018. "Why evolutionary biology needs anthropology: Evaluating core assumptions of the extended evolutionary synthesis." Evolutionary Anthropology 27 (6):267-284. https://doi.org/10.1002/evan.21747 2018
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2017. "Domestication as a model system for the extended evolutionary synthesis." Interface Focus 7 (5):20160133. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2016.0133 2017
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2016. "Domestication as a model system for niche construction theory." Evolutionary Ecology 30 (2):325-348. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10682-015-9801-8 2016
    • Boivin, Nicole L., Zeder, Melinda A., Fuller, Dorian Q., Crowther, Alison, Larson, Greger, Erlandson, Jon M., Denham, Tim, and Petraglia, Michael D. 2016. "Ecological consequences of human niche construction: Examining long-term anthropogenic shaping of global species distributions." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113 (23):6388-6396. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1525200113 2016
    • Zeder, Melinda A. and Spitzer, Megan D. 2016. "New insights into broad spectrum communities of the Early Holocene Near East: The birds of Hallan Çemi." Quaternary Science Reviews 151:140-159. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.08.024 2016
    • Erlandson, Jon M., Zeder, Melinda A., Boivin, Nicole L., Crowther, Alison, Denham, Tim, Fuller, Dorian Q., Larson, Greger, and Petraglia, Michael D. 2016. "Reply to Ellis et al.: Human niche construction and evolutionary theory." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113 (31):E4437-E4438. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1609617113 2016
    • Zeder, Melinda A., Denham, Tim, Erlandson, Jon M., Boivin, Nicole L., Crowther, Alison, Fuller, Dorian Q., Larson, Greger, and Petraglia, Michael D. 2016. "Reply to Westaway and Lyman: Emus, dingoes, and archaeology's role in conservation biology." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113 (33):E4759-E4760. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1610697113 2016
    • Zeder, Melinda A., Lemoine, Ximena, and Payne, Sebastian. 2015. "A New System for Computing Long-Bone Fusion Age Profiles in Sus scrofa." Journal of Archaeological Science 55:135-150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2014.12.017 2015
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2015. "Core questions in domestication research." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112 (11):3191-3198. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1501711112 2015
    • Forcina, Giovanni, Guerrini, Monica, van Grouw, Hein, Gupta, Brij K., Panayides, Panicos, Hadjigerou, Pantelis, Al-Sheikhly, Omar, Awan, Muhammad N., Khan, Aleem A., Zeder, Melinda A., and Barbanera, Filippo. 2015. "Impacts of biological globalization in the Mediterranean: Unveiling the deep history of human-mediated gamebird dispersal." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112 (11):3296-3301. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1500677112 2015
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2015. "Reply to Mohlenhoff et al.: Human behavioral ecology needs a rethink that niche-construction theory can provide." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112 (24):https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1508096112 2015
    • Lemoine, Ximena, Zeder, Melinda A., Bishop, Katelyn J., and Rufolo, Scott J. 2014. "A New System for Computing Dentition-Based Age Profiles in Sus scrofa." Journal of Archaeological Science 47:179-193. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2014.04.002 2014
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2014. "Alternative to faith-based science." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (28):https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1408209111 2014
    • Braje, Todd J., Erlandson, Jon M., Aikens, C. M., Beach, Tim, Fitzpatrick, Scott, Gonzalez, Sara, Kennett, Douglas J., Kirch, Patrick V., Lee, Gyoung-Ah, Lightfoot, Kent, McClure, Sarah B., Panich, Lee M., Rick, Torben C., Roosevelt, Anna C., Schneider Tsim D., Smith, Bruce D., and Zeder, Melinda A. 2014. "An Anthropocene Without Archaeology—Should We Care?." The SAA Archaeological Record 14 (1):26-29. 2014
    • Grayson, D. K., Meltzer, D. J., Buikstra, J. E., Flannery, K. V., Fowler, C. S., Marcus, J., O'Connell, J. F., Piperno, Dolores R., Sabloff, J. A., Smith, Bruce D., Thomas, D. H., Willerslev, E., and Zeder, Melinda A. 2014. "Early Americans: Respecting ancestors." Science, 345, (6195) 390–390. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.345.6195.390-b. 2014
    • Kintigh, Keith W., Altschul, Jeffrey H., Beaudry, Mary C., Drennan, Robert D., Kinzig, Ann P., Kohler, Timothy A., Limp, W. Frederick, Maschner, Herbert D. G., Michener, William K., Pauketat, Timothy R., Peregrine, Peter, Sabloff, Jeremy A., Wilkinson, Tony J., Wright, Henry T., and Zeder, Melinda A. 2014. "Grand Challenges for Archaeology." American Antiquity 79 (1):5-24. https://doi.org/10.7183/0002-7316.79.1.5 2014
    • Kintigh, Keith W., Altschul, Jeffrey H., Beaudry, Mary C., Drennan, Robert D., Kinzig, Ann P., Kohler, Timothy A., Limp, W. Fredrick, Maschner, Herbert D. G., Michener, William K., Pauketat, Timothy R., Peregrine, Peter, Sabloff, Jeremy A., Wilkinson, Tony J., Wright, Henry T., and Zeder, Melinda A. 2014. "Grand challenges for archaeology." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (3):879-880. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1324000111 2014
    • Rowley-Conwy, Peter and Zeder, Melinda A. 2014. "Mesolithic domestic pigs at Rosenhof – or wild boar? A critical re-appraisal of ancient DNA and geometric morphometrics." World Archaeology 46 (5):813-824. 2014
    • Rowley-Conwy, Peter, Zeder, Melinda A., and Bar-Oz, Guy. 2014. "Wild Boar or Domestic Pigs? Response to Evin et al." Quaternary International 46 (5):83. 2014
    • Zeder, Melinda A., Bar-Oz, Guy, Rufolo, Scott J., and Hole, Frank. 2013. "New perspectives on the use of kites in mass-kills of Levantine gazelle: A view from Northeastern Syria." Quaternary International 297:110-125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2012.12.045 2013
    • Smith, Bruce D. and Zeder, Melinda A. 2013. "The onset of the Anthropocene." Anthropocene 4:8-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2013.05.001 2013
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2012. "The Broad Spectrum Revolution at 40: Resource diversity, intensification, and an alternative to optimal foraging explanations." Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 31 (3):241-264. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2012.03.003 2012
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2012. "The Domestication of Animals." Journal of Anthropological Research 68 (2):161-190. 2012
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2011. "Religion and the Revolution: The Legacy of Jacques Cauvin." Paléorient 37 (1):39-60. 2011
    • Bar-Oz, Guy, Zeder, Melinda A., and Hole, Frank. 2011. "Role of mass-kill hunting strategies in the extirpation of Persian gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa) in the northern Levant." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108 (18):7345-7350. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1017647108 2011
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2011. "The Origins of Agriculture in the Near East." Current Anthropology 52 (S4):S221-S235. https://doi.org/10.1086/659307 2011
    • Zeder, Melinda A. and Pilaar, Suzanne E. 2010. "Assessing the reliability of criteria used to identify mandibles and mandibular teeth in sheep, Ovis, and goats, Capra." Journal of Archaeological Science, 37, (2) 225–242. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2009.10.002. 2010
    • Zeder, Melinda A. and Lapham, Heather A. 2010. "Assessing the reliability of criteria used to post-cranial bones in sheep, Ovis, and goats, Capra." Journal of Archaeological Science 37:2887-2905. 2010
    • Zeder, Melinda A. and Smith, Bruce D. 2009. "A conversation on agricultural origins: Talking past each other in a crowded room." Current Anthropology, 50, (5) 681–691. https://doi.org/10.1086/605553. 2009
    • Miller, Naomi F. and Zeder, Melinda A. 2009. "From Food and Fuel to Farms and Flocks: The Integration of Plant and Animal Remains in the Study of Ancient Agro-Pastoral Economies." Current Anthropology 50 (6):915-924. https://doi.org/10.1086/606035 2009
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2009. "The Neolithic Macro-(R)evolution: Macroevolutionary Theory and the Study of Culture Change." Journal of Archaeological Research, 17, (1) 1–63. 2009
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2008. "Domestication and early agriculture in the Mediterranean Basin: Origins, diffusion, and impact." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 105, (33) 11597–11604. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0801317105. 2008
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2008. "The Archaeobiology of the Khabur Basin." Bulletin of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies 29:21-32. 2008
    • Cowgill, L. W., Trinkaus, E., and Zeder, Melinda A. 2007. "Shanidar 10: A Middle Paleolithic immature distal lower limb from Shanidar Cave, Iraqi Kurdistan." Journal of Human Evolution, 53, (2) 213–223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2007.04.003. 2007
  • Chapter

    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2017. "Out of the Fertile Crescent: The dispersal of domestic livestock through Europe and Africa." in Human Dispersal and Species Movement, From Prehistory to the Present., edited by Zeder, Melinda A., 261-303. University of Cambridge Press. 2017
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2014. "Defining Domestication." in Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, 2184-2194. Springer. 2014
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2012. "Pathways to Domestication." in Biodiversity in Agriculture: Domestication, Evolution, and Sustainability, edited by Gepts, P., Famula, T. R., Bettinger, R. L. et al., 227-259. Cambridge University Press. 2012
    • Zeder, Melinda A., Buikstra, Jane E., and van der Leeuw, Sander. 2010. "Interdisciplinary Studies in Archaeology." In Voices in American Archaeology, SAA 75th Anniversary Commemorative Volume. Ashmore, W., Mills, B., and Lippert, Dorothy T., editors. 220–269. Washington, DC: SAA. 2010
    • Zeder, Melinda A. 2009. "Evolutionary Biology and the Emergence of Agriculture: The Value of Co-opted Models of Evolution in the Study of Culture Change." In Macroevolution in Human Prehistory: Evolutionary Theory and Processual Archaeology. Prentiss, A., Kruijt, I., and Chatters, J., editors. 157–210. Springer. 2009

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