Charles Nunn

    Evolutionary Anthropology and The Duke Global Health Institute

Selected Recent Publications

Kappeler, P.M. and C.L. Nunn, editors (2015) Theme Issue: The Health-Sociality-Fitness Nexus. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Biological Sciences

McCabe, C., S. Reader, and C.L. Nunn (2015). Infectious disease, behavioral flexibility, and the evolution of culture in primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20140862. [pdf]

Samson, D.R. and C.L. Nunn (2015). Sleep intensity and the evolution of human cognition. Evolutionary Anthropology 24:225-237. [pdf]

MacLean, E.L., B. Hare, C.L. Nunn, and 53 others (2014). The evolution of self-control. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111: E2140-E2148. [pdf]

Gomez, J.M., Nunn, C.L. and Verdu, M. (2013) Centrality in primate-parasite networks reveals the potential for the transmission of emerging infectious diseases to humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 119:7738-7741. [pdf]

Cooper, N. and C.L. Nunn (2013). Identifying future zoonotic disease threats: Where are the gaps in our understanding of primate infectious diseases? Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health 1:27-36. [pdf]

Young, H., R. Griffin, C. Wood, and C.L. Nunn (2013). Does habitat disturbance increase infectious disease risk for primates? Ecology Letters 16: 656-663. [pdf]

Cooper, N., R. Griffin, M. Franz, M. Omotayo, and C.L. Nunn (2012). Phylogenetic host specificity and understanding parasite sharing in primates. Ecology Letters 15:1370-1377. [pdf]

Rifkin, J., C.L. Nunn, L. Garamszegi (2012). Do animals living in larger groups experience greater parasitism? A phylogenetic meta-analysis. American Naturalist 180:70-82. [pdf]

Organ, C., C.L. Nunn, Z. Machanda, and R.W. Wrangham (2011). Phylogenetic rate shifts in feeding time and molar size during human evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108:14555-14559. [pdf]

Arnold, C., L.J. Matthews, and C.L. Nunn (2010).  The 10kTrees Website: A new online resource for primate phylogeny (  Evolutionary Anthropology 19:114-118. [pdf]

Full Publication List

The Comparative Approach in Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology

by Charles Nunn

University of Chicago Press, 2011

The Evolution of Sleep: Phylogenetic and Functional Perspectives

Edited by Patrick McNamara, Robert Barton, and Charles Nunn

Cambridge University Press, 2009

Infectious Diseases in Primates Behavior, Ecology and Evolution

by Charles Nunn
and Sonia Altizer

Oxford University Press