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. 


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CASHP Research Making News

Professor Chet Sherwood

Anthropology Professor Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Chet Sherwood, a biological anthropologist investigating brain evolution in primates and other mammals, was recognized for his achievements in original research.
Casts of two key specimens: Paranthropus aethiopicus (left) and P. boisei (right). (Courtesy of Zeresenay Alemseged)

Changing Landscapes, Changing Diets: How Fossilized Teeth Reveal Dietary Shifts

Using fossilized teeth uncovered in Ethiopia, a team led by CASHP postdoctoral researcher Enquye Negash traced how an ecological change nearly 3 million years ago forced a dietary shift among ancient herbivores like antelopes and pigs.
Photo of a chimpanzee in the wild

For Chimpanzees, Salt and Pepper Hair Not a Marker of Old Age

A new study from CASHP's Primate Genomics Laboratory finds there is significant variation in how chimpanzees experience pigment loss.
The summer 2019 Koobi Fora Field School class

NSF Grants Expand Koobi Fora's Reach

Grants totaling $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation will broaden the research and learning experiences for CCAS students participating in the Kenyan field school.
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.