photo: tagueRobert Tague

Earleene Nolan Sanders Alumni Professor


Ph.D. Kent State University, 1986
M.A. Kent State University, 1980
B.A. and B.S. Duke University, 1973


Dr. Tague’s principal research is on reproductive biology, including current projects on the evolution in humans of sexual differences in the bony pelvis as an obstetrical adaptation, and variation in body size between monogamous and polygynous species. Other current projects deal with the theoretical issues of convergent evolution and the relationship between intensity of natural selection and anatomical variability.

Selected Publications

Tague, Robert G. 2011. “Fusion of coccyx to sacrum in humans: prevalence, correlates, and effect on pelvic size, with obstetrical and evolutionary implications.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 145: 426 437.

Tague, Robert G. 2011. “Sacralization is not associated with elongated cervical costal process and cervical rib.” Clinical Anatomy 24: 209 217.

Tague, Robert G. 2010. “The obstetric pelvis of Pecos Pueblo.” In Morgan ME, editor. Pecos Pueblo Revisited: The Biological and Social Context. Cambridge, MA: Papers of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. Pp. 109 128, 395 439.

Tague, Robert G. 2009. “High assimilation of the sacrum in a sample of American skeletons: prevalence, pelvic size, and obstetrical and evolutionary implications.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 138: 429-438.

Tague, Robert G. 2007. “Costal process of the first sacral vertebra: Sexual dimorphism and obstetrical adaptation.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 132: 395 405.

Courses Taught

Biological Anthropology
Human Evolutionary Biology
Human Fertility
Human Osteology
Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Prehistory


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Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-6094
Fax: 225-578-4420



Robert Tague's CV