Luke Holbrook, Ph.D.

Luke Holbrook, Ph.D.

Luke Holbrook, Ph.D.

Luke Holbrook, Ph.D.
Biological & Biomedical Sciences & Research

Contact Info
856-256-4500 ext. 53457
Science Hall 201A



Video introduction: 

Introduction to Evolution & Scientific Inquiry
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Biodiversity and the History of Life

BS (Biology), Fordham University
MS (Biology), University of Massachusetts
PhD (Biology), University of Massachusetts
Postdoctoral Fellow (Anatomy), New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Research Expertise:
Phylogeny and evolution of mammals | Vertebrate morphology | Vertebrate paleontology

I study the phylogeny and diversification of mammals. I use data from fossils, morphology, and DNA sequences to determine relationships among different mammal lineages, and to estimate the timing of when different groups split from one another.

Member of:
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
Paleontological Society
Society of Systematic Biologists
Society for the Study of Mammalian Evolution
Willi Hennig Society
Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology

Recent Publications:

Zack, S.P., K.D. Rose, L.T. Holbrook, K. Kumar, R.S. Rana, and T. Smith. (2021) An enigmatic new ungulate-like mammal from the early Eocene of India. Papers in Palaeontology 7:497-520. (First published online October 2019). DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1288

Rose, K.D., L.T. Holbrook , K. Kumar, R.S. Rana, H.E. Ahrens, R.H. Dunn, A. Folie, K.E. Jones, and T. Smith. (2020) Anatomy, relationships, and paleobiology of Cambaytherium (Mammalia, Perissodactylamorpha, Anthracobunia) from the lower Eocene of western India. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 39:sup1, 1-147. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2020.1761370

Bertrand, O.C., S.L. Shelley, J.R. Wible, T.E. Williamson, L.T. Holbrook, S.G.B. Chester, I.B. Butler, and S.L. Brusatte. (2019) Virtual endocranial and inner ear endocasts of the Paleocene ‘condylarth’ Chriacus: new insight into the neurosensory system and evolution of early placental mammals. Journal of Anatomy 236:21—49. DOI:10.1111/joa.13084

Koenigswald, W. von, K.D. Rose, L.T. Holbrook, K. Kumar, R.S. Rana, and T. Smith. (2018) Mastication and enamel microstructure in Cambaytherium, a perissodactyl-like ungulate from the early Eocene of India. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 92:671—680. DOI: 10.1007/s12542-018-0422-8

Rose, K.D., L.T. Holbrook, and W.P. Luckett (2017) Deciduous premolars of Eocene Equidae and their phylogenetic significance. Historical Biology DOI: 10.1080/08912963.2017.1291637.

Bai, B., J. Meng,  Y-Q Wang, H. Wang, and L.T. Holbrook (2017) Osteology of the Middle Eocene ceratomorph Hyrachyus modestus (Mammalia, Perissodactyla). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 413:1-68.

Jones, K.E., and L.T. Holbrook (2016) The evolution of lateral accessory articulations in the lumbar region of perissodactyls. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontolology 36(6) DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2016.1224892.

Holbrook, L.T. (2015) The identity and homology of the postprotocrista and its role in molarization of upper premolars of Perissodactyla (Mammalia). Journal of Mammalian Evolution 22:259-269.

Rose, K.D., L.T. Holbrook, R.S. Rana, K. Kumar,  K.E. Jones, H.E. Ahrens, P. Missiaen, A. Sahni, and T. Smith (2014) Early Eocene fossils suggest that the mammalian order Perissodactyla originated in India. Nature Communications 5:5570.

Holbrook, L.T. (2014) On the skull of Radinskya (Mammalia, Phenacolophidae) and its phylogenetic position. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontolology 34:1203-1215.