Darryl J de Ruiter
Darryl de Ruiter is a paleoanthropologist in the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Originally from Canada, Dr. de Ruiter received his Masters degree in Anthropology at the University of Manitoba in 1995. The following year he moved to South Africa to continue his studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, receiving his PhD from the Department of Anatomical Sciences in 2001. He was employed as a Research Officer in the Bernard Price Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand from 2001 until 2003, when he moved to his current position in Texas. In 2009 Dr. de Ruiter was promoted to Associate Professor, and was selected as a ‘Ray A. Rothrock’ Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M. In 2013 Dr. de Ruiter was promoted to the rank of Professor, and in 2014 he was appointed as a Cornerstone Faculty Fellow in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M. Dr. de Ruiter was also appointed as an Honorary Reader in the recently established Evolutionary Studies Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand, and he maintains close collaborative ties with his friends and colleagues in South Africa. His current research focuses on the fossil hominins of South Africa, in particular Australopithecus sediba from Malapa and Homo naledi from Dinaledi.