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Modern Human Origins, Stanford University and the Iziko Museum of South Africa

Investigation of the archaeological and human fossil evidence for modern human origins. Field and laboratory work in South Africa.


South Africa

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Principal Investigator:

Richard Klein

Current Research Interests: 
My primary interest is in the co-evolution of anatomy and behavior in human evolution. My research is mainly on ancient animal remains as indicators of early human ability to make a living. I have analyzed more than 100 assemblages of animal fossils, primarily from southern African archaeological sites dating between 700,000 years ago and the historic present. I am currently directing excavations at a site 70 km NNW of Cape Town that dates from the Last Interglacial interval, between roughly 115,000 and 70,000 years ago. The animal remains show that the inhabitants exploited coastal...
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