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

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Student Research Shines at CCAS Showcase

Brooke Stallman, who works with CASHP's interdisciplinary Social Cognition Lab, joined students displaying their scholarly work at the 2024 CCAS Research Showcase.

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Dogs With Less Complex Facial Markings Found to Be More Expressive in their Communication with Humans

PhD candidate Courtney Sexton explores a dog's facial markings and how expressive they appear when communicating with humans.

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Elaine in Japan

 Read updates on CASHP PhD student Elaine Miller's summer fellowship in Japan at the Center for International Collaboration and Advanced Studies in Primatology.

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New Study Sheds Light on Early Human Hair Evolution

CASHP researchers examined the factors driving hair variation in a wild population of lemurs known as Indriidae. Learn about their published findings.

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Jurassic Bark: Do Dogs Hold Hints to Early Language?

PhD candidate Courtney Sexton is studying our four-legged friends to determine if puppy dog eyes and raised brows reflect a ‘ruff’ draft of human communication. 

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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.

Lives and Half-Lives

My PhD supervisor, colleague and friend, Michael Day, died on June 1, 2018. Michael, who was one of my anatomy teachers, introduced me to human evolution.

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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...

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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...

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Trans Genes?

On February 26, 2020, the Idaho state House passed a bill banning transgender female athletes from participating in school sports on female teams.