History of Science in Evolutionary Biology
An Upright Ancestor for the Apes
Evo-Devo in Paleoanthropology
Evolution Biology Update
Science of Human Origins
Human Evolution and the Hox Genes
Lucy, Australopithecus and the Birth of Humanity
Dinosaur Origins
The Upright Ape: A New Origin of the Species

by Aaron G. Filler MD, PhD

with a foreword by

David Pilbeam

Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University

Aaron Filler, MD, PhD
Aaron G. Filler, MD, PhD

Aaron G. Filler, MD, PhD - A Brief Biography

Aaron G. Filler, MD, PhD studied evolutionary theory under some of the leading biologists of our time: Ernst Mary, Stephen J. Gould, David Pilbeam and Irven DeVore. Some of his pioneering Harvard University research on the way in which evolution reveals itself through the variety of shapes and forms of animals and human ancestors has recently been published in “Axial Character Seriation in Mammals” (BrownWalker Press) as well as in a variety of academic journals. He is also the author of “Do You Really Need Back Surgery?” (Oxford University Press) and has recently been appointed as a co-editor of the Youman’s Textbook of Neurosurgery, 6th edition. In 1984, he published the "Apple Thesaurus" (Datamost) a thousand page technical work covering the Apple II computer.

His MD degree is from the University of Chicago (1986) where he also did his undergraduate degree and obtained an MA in Anthropology (1979) working under Russell Tuttle the primate anatomist. He earned his PhD at Harvard University, also in 1986. He has served on the faculty of the University of London while based at Atkinson Morley's Hospital and St. George's Hospital Medical School 1990-1992 and 1994 to 1995. This was intercurrent with his residency and research in neurosurgery based at the University of Washington in Seattle (1986 to 1994). He was a faculty member at UCLA from 1995 to 2001 where he helped train spinal surgeons as a participating faculty member of the spine fellowship program providing advanced sub-specialty education to fully trained neurosurgeons wishing to become proficient in the most modern advanced spinal surgery techniques.

A Neurosurgeon at the Institute for Spinal Disorders at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and past associate director of the Comprehensive Spine Center at UCLA, Dr. Filler has been a leading innovator in evolutionary biology, medical imaging, surgery, and neuroscience and is the author of numerous scientific articles and patents as well as a recipient of a variety of research grants. Dr. Filler is one of extremely few Americans to be honored by nomination to the Royal College of Surgeons of England (an institution that has been the birthplace of many key elements of our understanding of evolution).

Dr. Filler is the inventor of MR Neurography - the first technique that has made it possible to see detailed images of human nerves inside the body. He is also the lead inventor of Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and tractography - a set of methods that makes it possible to see neural tracts curving through the brain in three dimensions. His other areas of research, patents, and work in biotechnology include the development of methods for drug delivery via the nerves using a phenomenon called axonal transport. He has also published in the field of molecular biology with his colleague Andrew Lever from Cambridge University.

Public interest in his medical imaging and pain treatment research has led to coverage of his work in the New York Times, the LA Times, The Economist, and the London Times. He has been interviewed on CNN  and in a segment on Peter Jennings’ ABC World News, as well as a variety of segments on local television and national radio channels.  He is a frequent invited speaker at major national meetings of orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and other medical groups. He resides in Santa Monica, California.

The impact of homeotic change and genetics of the blueprint upon mammalian and human evolution has been the subject of Aaron Filler's pathfinding research.