Paleoanthropology

Developing and Testing an Integrated Paleoscape Model for the early Middle and Late Pleistocene of the South Coast of South Africa
This research examines the coupled response of people and the environment in the Cape Floral region on the south coast of Africa to major fluctuations in global climate change during the time of the... (more)
Explaining a Confluence of Diversity and Complexity: Paleoanthropological and Paleogenetic Investigations of Fynbos, Marine Ecosystems and Human Origins
Few questions in evolutionary biology generate as much interest as those of origin scenarios for humans, from the Mio-Pliocene origin of hominins to the beginning and spread of our own species. We... (more)
Geoinformatics-Based Data Integration for Study of the Pliocene Fossil-Bearing Strata of the Hadar Basin (Afar, Ethiopia)
Understanding the relative roles of internal and external ecological, climatological, and tectonic forcings in the evolution of Australopithecus afarensis at Hadar, Ethiopia, requires integration of... (more)
Ledi-Geraru Research Project
The Ledi-Geraru research area is positioned between the Awash and Ledi River basins in northeastern Ethiopia. The fossil exposures are found directly east and somewhat north of the Hadar site. Early... (more)
Paleoclimatic and Paleoenvironmental Context of the Origins of Modern Humans in South Africa
Modern humans likely evolved in Africa between 300,000 and 100,000 years ago. It is well documented that the bio-behavioral adaptations of fully modern hunter-gatherers are intimately tied to climate... (more)