Student Blog

Kevin Hatala

The Bipolar Lives of Paleoanthroplogists

December 01, 2011

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

November 01, 2011

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

October 13, 2011

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

March 31, 2011

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

March 02, 2011

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

March 01, 2011

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

February 02, 2011

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

January 13, 2011

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

November 07, 2010

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

November 04, 2010

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

October 11, 2010

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

October 10, 2010

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

October 08, 2010

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.