Databases

Human Origins Database

Detailed information on fossil hominin specimens as well as extant hominoid specimens. Available information includes skeletal elements present for a particular specimen as well as measurements.


The Turkana Database

A specimen-based compilation of fossil vertebrates from the late Cenozoic of the Turkana Basin (from about 1 to 7 million years ago). Currently the entire database has 16,997 records including all published specimens (13,548 records) and many unpublished ones (3,449 records), which are not yet available on the public database. The Turkana Database provides taxonomic, provenience, stratigraphic context, skeletal part, taphonomic, and other associated data for 28 mammalian families (including the Hominidae) and other vertebrate groups from the Koobi Fora, Nachukui, Kanapoi, and Nawata formations.


Mountain Gorilla Skeletal Project Collection Catalog

A catalog of specimens in the Mountain Gorilla Skeletal Project collection, curated in Rwanda. It is planned that the collection will be open for study in late 2013, although researchers can be accommodated on a limited basis in the interim. The collection also includes Cercopithecus monkeys and a variety of other mammalian and bird species not listed here. Please contact us for more information.


Brain and Body Mass of Mammals

A curated database of brain mass and body from 1,998 mammalian species compiled from the literature and containing new measurements of brain masses obtained by Chet Sherwood. Analyses of these data are published in Boddy et al. (2012) Comparative analysis of encephalization in mammals reveals relaxed constraints on anthropoid primate and cetacean brain scaling. J Evol Biol. 25(5):981-94.


Phillip Vallentine Tobias (1925-2012): Publication List

Phillip Tobias’ and his secretaries kept an ‘office’ publication list, but on closer inspection it was clear that it contained some duplications and it did not discriminate among peer-reviewed and other types of publications. Bernard Wood has written a short and a longer obituary of Phillip Tobias, and others have written important remembrances. In order to make the contents of Phillip Tobias’ important publication record more widely available, BW has attempted to organize Tobias’ publications into the categories contemporary researchers routinely use for their research contributions. BW is grateful to Beverley Kramer and to Felicity Krowitz-Osorio for making Phillip Tobias’ office publication list and curriculum vitae available. The latter will be added to the website in due course.