Examining the Molecular Evolution of the Human Phenotype Using Comparative Genomic Methods

Last month Kevin talked about the “bipolar” lives of paleoanthropologists.

Kevin Hatala

The Bipolar Lives of Paleoanthroplogists

The other day someone told me that paleoanthropologists live a bipolar lifestyle. I had never heard that before but I kind of get it.

Andrew Du

Bone Walks and Paleolandscape Ecology at East Turkana

Many paleoanthropologists are familiar with traditional paleoecological methods where reconstruction is based on taxonomic analyses of non-hominin vertebrate craniodental remains found at a particu

MGSP group photo

Connecting the Dots Between Gorilla Bones and Conservation Biology

This summer I participated in the Mountain Gorilla Skeletal Project (MGSP), a project that is coordinated by CASHP faculty and works in collaboration with the Rwanda nationa

Liz Renner

Learning with the Great Apes

Some fundamental cognitive abilities, such as sensation, perception, motor control, and learning, are widely shared across the animal kingdom.

Teaching South African Students About the Past

Teaching South African Students About the Past

A key component of science research is ensuring that the knowledge is made available in the public domain. It is also crucial to nurture and elicit interest among young scientists.

Hair samples

Hormones, Life-Histories and Hair

Differences in male life history patterns among primates represent a complex of tradeoffs between the costs of immediate reproduction and future reproductive output.


Developing Models of Premolar Molarization in Primates

What makes a mammal? We lactate, are homeothermic, and have hair. We also have diverse tooth types – incisors, canines, premolars, and molars.

Andrew Zipkin

Testing the Role of Ochre in the Construction of Hunting Weapons

Humans are remarkable for our ability to innovate new tools with which to modify our environment and to create new ways of conveying and storing information with material symbols.

Protein image

Imaging Protein Expression in the Brains of Chimpanzees and Humans

Human uniqueness is often explained in terms of behavioral specializations such as language, empathy, and theory of mind.

Andrew Du

Reconstructing Paleoenvironments at Olorgesaile, Southern Kenya

Understanding the environmental context of our human ancestors is the first step to figuring out how and why they evolved.

Hyrax neuron

Exploring Neuronal Diversity in the Mammalian Brain

Studying the evolution of the brain is central to understanding the origins of what makes us human. In Dr.

CASHP students teach at KFFS

CASHP Students Teach at Koobi Fora Field School

This summer, three CASHP students had the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors – literally.

Tool use experiment

Biomechanical Analysis of Human Tool Use

A Pliance sensor system at CASHP enabled students to collect pressure data acting on the human hand during various kinds of tool production and use.