Databases & Resources

 

A row of different skull specimens

 

The Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology offers travel funding, public databases and support and networking opportunities to help support the student and research community.

 

 


Databases

 

Skeletal Collections from Primate Study Sites

CASHP researchers are engaged in collaborative efforts with national parks authorities and other partners to curate and preserve naturally accumulated skeletal remains from several long-term wild primate study sites, including Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda; Amboseli National Park, Kenya; and Gombe National Park, Tanzania.  These projects also manage two- and three-dimensional images (dental X rays, CT scans, laser scans) and other datasets generated from specimens in these collections. Contact GW Primate Life History Lab by clicking the button below for more information.

Contact GW Primate Life History Lab

Skeletal Collection Catalogs

 

The Turkana Database

The Turkana Database compiles fossil vertebrates from the late Cenozoic of the Turkana Basin (from about 1 to 7 million years ago). Currently, the database has 16,997 records for 28 mammalian families (including the Hominidae) and other vertebrate groups from the Koobi Fora, Nachukui, Kanapoi and Nawata formations. Hosted on the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History website, the database was created in partnership with the National Museums of Kenya. The data were compiled, entered and checked by scientists from across the country, including GW graduate students.

 

 

 

Human Origins Database

The Human Origins Database contains 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 database requires a login; please contact CASHP to request access.

 

 

The Phillip Vallentine Tobias Publication List

Paleoanthropologist, educator and writer Phillip Tobias spent decades recovering and documenting fossils in South Africa. In order to share Tobias’s important publication record, Bernard Wood has attempted to organize the publications into categories that contemporary researchers routinely use. Our thanks to Beverley Kramer and Felicity Krowitz-Osorio for making the office publication list and curriculum vitae available.

 

 

To request an accessible version of any database content, please contact CASHP  

 


3D Printing Services

Housed in the CASHP facilities on GW's campus, the Anthropology Department's 3D printer can produce models for the Smithsonian Institution and other organizations. The printer also provides an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to practice with the growing technology.