Human paleobiologists study the biological and environmental history of humans through scientific research. We search for the roots of human physical traits, culture and behavior, attempting to answer questions like: What makes humans distinct from other animal species? When and why did we begin to walk on two legs? How did our brains, language, art, music, technology and religion develop?
The Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology approaches these questions from a combination of academic perspectives and methods. Our research draws on biological and cultural evidence, including skeletal remains, footprints, stone artifacts, settlement localities and the anatomy and behavior of modern human and animal species.