Research Labs

The Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) engages in collaborative research with scholars on campus, in the nation's capital and in field sites throughout Africa, Asia and Europe.  Our innovative lab space in GW's Science and Engineering Hall, with access to cutting-edge technology, enables new discoveries about the history of the human diet, our evolutionary timeline, saving endangered species and much more. 


Faculty by Research Lab

CASHP Research Making News

David Patterson holds a hippopotamus tooth at East Turkana. This tooth was later sampled for its isotopic signature and included

Changes in Human Diet Shed Light on Human Evolution

A study led by David Patterson, PhD ‘16, finds a dietary shift about 1.65 million years ago when the genus Homo incorporated vegetation into their meals, demonstrating a divergence from earlier human ancestors.
Eve Boyle at the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology lab in SEH.

The Torso Connection

Research findings by Human Paleobiology doctoral student Eve Boyle challenge the widely accepted scientific theory connecting a primate’s torso size to diet.
Senior biological anthropology major Thea Anderson uses imaging software to examine the distinctive eyepatches of lemur

Lemur Lessons Lead Luther Rice Fellows

In Brenda Bradley’s anthropology lab, two Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellows are examining Madagascar’s lemurs for lessons in evolution.