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.
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.
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.
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