Student Blog

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Stand Back! I’m Doing Science.

Who decides what kinds of science are important? Who picks the projects that get funded, get published, or get taught?  Who decides the future of practicing science?

Genome sequencing

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

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

Kevin Hatala in the field

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.

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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 national parks author

Students on a bone walk

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

Liz Renner feeding a male orangutan at the National Zoo.

Learning with the Great Apes

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

Habiba Chirchir

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.

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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.

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.


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 at Olorgasalie

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.


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.

Students at koobi fora

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.

Kevin Hatala demonstrates the use of a digging stick while connected to pressure sensors.

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.