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12.16.14

Grantee Spotlight: Elizabeth Tinsley Johnson

Grantee Spotlight
May 2014 (dry season): Geladas come off the cliffs, where they sleep at night, and regroup at the top. They often take an hour or so to socialize and rest before heading off to forage. Pictured (left to right): graduate student Morgan Gustison; field assistant Esheti; field manager Megan Gomery. Photo by E. Tinsley Johnson.
In the spring of 2013 Elizabeth Tinsley Johnson, PhD candidate from the Universitymore »
12.01.14

From the Field: Oliver Paine, Cradle Nature Reserve, South Africa

From the Field
Recent studies have suggested that C4 plants played a larger role in early hominin diets than previously believed, thus making a systematic effort to determine the costs and benefits of C4 plants for hominin consumption that much more important in helping to model early hominin dietary behavior. The following is a short update from Leakey Foundation spring 2014 grantee Oliver Paine,University of Coloradomore »
11.19.14

Ta ̈ı chimpanzees anticipate revisiting high-valued fruit trees from further distances

Journal Article, Baldwin Fellows
Baldwin Fellow Simone Dagui Ban is a PhD student from the Félix Houphouët Boigny University in Côte d’Ivoire. Following the 2010-11 election crisis that made studying in her home country impossible, Ban was given the opportunity to study at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology for one year.  She was awarded her first Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowship in the spring ofmore »
11.17.14

Grantee Spotlight: Philip A. Slater

Grantee Spotlight
In spring of 2013 Philip A. Slater, PhD candidate at the University of Illinois, was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant for his project entitled “Planning and technological organization in the Kenyan MSA and LSA.”  The following is a short update on his progress. Small and intentionally dug hole that contained about 550 artifacts. The people at the site (~94,000 years ago) appearedmore »
11.14.14

From the Field: Anne E. Russon, Kutai National Park, Borneo

From the Field
Anne E. Russon and her team have been collecting field data on east Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus morio) at the newly established Bendili study area (northern border of Kutai National Park) since January 2010. Russon has been awarded two grants by The Leakey Foundation for her study of the ranging behavior and diet of this population, which due to the harsh environment is considered to be the extrememore »
11.12.14

From the Field: Alexandra Uhl at the StEvE Conference, University of Tübingen

From the Field
Leakey Foundation grantee Alexandra Uhl, PhD candidate from the University of Tübingen in Germany, reports from the StEvE Conference. EvE is a semester seminar series at the University of Tübingen with speakers who talk about their research in Evolution and Ecology. The StEvE conference is organized within the EvE for Students… So St(udents) and EvE = StEVE. Each year StEvE is organized… more »
11.12.14

From the Field: Alexandra Uhl at the StEvE Conference, University of Tübingen

From the Field
Leakey Foundation grantee Alexandra Uhl, PhD candidate from the University of Tübingen in Germany, reports from the StEvE Conference. EvE is a semester seminar series at the University of Tübingen with speakers who talk about their research in Evolution and Ecology. The StEvE conference is organized within the EvE for Students… So St(udents) and EvE = StEVE.   Each year StEvE is organized by a differentmore »
11.10.14

Grantee Spotlight: Alexandra Uhl

Grantee Spotlight
“These are some of the non-adult crania we scanned at Universität Tübingen. That’s our CT scanner in the background. We also did DNA analysis on the teeth from these individuals.”
In the spring of 2014 The Leakey Foundation awarded Alexandra Uhl, PhD candidate from the University of Tübingen in Germany, a research grant for her project entitled “Sex determination in more »
11.04.14

From the Field: Isaiah Nengo, Lake Turkana Basin, Kenya

From the Field
Leakey Foundation grantee Isaiah Nengo (spring 2014) has recently returned from the field with exciting news! Isaiah Nengo at work in the Lake Turkana Basin Plio-Pleistocene sediments of the Lake Turkana basin have provided numerous fossils key to our current understanding of the origin and evolutionary history of the hominid lineage in Africa.  Scattered within the vast Plio-Pleistocene depositsmore »