Quam is a paleoanthropologist who focuses on evolutionary aspects of the temporal bone, mandibles and teeth in our fossil human ancestors, especially reconstructing their hearing capacities. This is the first time this has been done for an aspect of sensory perception and a contribution to understandings of the emergence of language. He also participates in the ongoing fieldwork being carried out at the Pleistocene locality of Atapuercain northern Spain. These sites contain some of the richest human fossil bearing deposits in the world and have recently yielded the oldest human fossil ever found in Europe. During the course of his research, Quam has personally studied a wide diversity of original human fossils from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
- PhD, Binghamton University
NPR interview with Rolf Quam, May 27, 2015: A murder case — more than 435,000 years old. Scientists Discover Evidence Of A 435,000-Year-Old Murder