Research Report

09.09.15

Modern human dispersal on the southern plain of Eastern Europe

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John Hoffecker John Hoffecker of the University of Colorado has been awarded 13 grants from The Leakey Foundation for his research at various sites in Eastern Europe. He has been awarded three for work at Shlyakh, an open-air Paleolithic site located in the Volgograd region of Russia. The most recent Leakey grant for this site was awarded in the spring of 2013. In August 2013 Hoffecker and his team performed… more »
09.02.15

Tooth eruption and life history in living chimpanzees

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Tanya Smith (R) and co-PI Zarin Machanda (L)  Tanya Smith , Associate Professor at Harvard was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the spring of 2012 for her project entitled “Tooth eruption and life history in living chimpanzees.” Tanya Smith and her team study dental development patterns in chimpanzees in order to better understand the evolution of human development.  Previous… more »
08.19.15

Oligocene primates from the Nsungwe Formation of Tanzania

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Nancy Stevens Nancy Stevens is a professor at Ohio University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the spring of 2011 for her project entitled “Oligocene primates from the Nsungwe Formation of Tanzania.” The late Oligocene Nsungwe Formation (~25Ma) is located in the Rukwa Rift Basin in southwestern Tanzania. These deposits represent the only late Oligocene primate fossil… more »
08.12.15

Micro-CT study of the Pleistocene human fossil teeth from Atapuerca

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María Martinon-Torres at the Atapuerca sites. Photo credit: A. Canet. María Martinon-Torres was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the fall of 2012 for her project entitled “Micro-CT study of the Pleistocene human fossil teeth from Atapuerca.” By allowing researchers to reconstruct the internal structures of fossil dental samples, MicroCT provides a new dataset of… more »
08.05.15

Origin and Early Evolutionary History of Primates

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Stephen Chester screening for Paleocene plesiadapiforms and other mammal fossils in Montana. Photo credit:  Eric Sargis As a PhD candidate at Yale University, Stephen Chester was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the spring of 2010 for his project entitled “Origin and early evolutionary history of primates.” Stephen Chester studies the fossils of plesiadapiforms. Plesiadapiforms… more »