Zooarchaeology, Taphonomy, and Paleoanthropological methods.
Nanovea ST400 white-light non-contact profilometer, Meiji (EMZ-8tr) trinocular stereo microscope with camera, Dino-lite (AD7013MT) microscope, Next-Engine 3-D scanner, Nikon D7100 Digital camera and camera stand, Ashtech Promark GNSS receiver and antenna, with sub-meter accuracy, and Leica (TS11) Total station.
Colorado State University comparative collection of North American Fauna.
Kristen Welch and Dr. Michael Pante “Experimental determination of butcher experience using cut mark patterning."
Braun, D., Pante, M.C., Acher, W., 2016. Cut marks on bone surfaces: Influences on variation in the form of traces of ancient behavior. Royal Societies Interface focus 10.1098/rsfs.2016.0006
Habermann, J. M., Stanistreet, I., Stollhofen, H., Albert, R.M., Bamford, M., Pante, M.C., Njau J.K, Masao, F.T., 2016. In situ ~2.0 Ma trees discovered as fossil rooted stumps, lowermost Lower Bed I, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Journal of Human Evolution 90, 74-87.
McHenry, L. J., de la Torre, I., Njau, J. K., Pante, M. C., 2015. Geochemical "fingerprints" for Olduvai Gorge Bed II tuffs and implications for the Oldowan-Acheulean transition. Quaternary Research. 10.1016/j.yqres.2015.10.005.
Pante, M. C., Scott, R. S., Blumenschine, R. J., Capaldo, S. D., 2015. Revalidation of bone surface modification models for inferring fossil hominin and carnivore feeding interactions. Quaternary International 355(12), 164-168.
Post-PhD research grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation on “The Paleo Diet: Carnivory and human evolution at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania."
Under the direction of Dr. Michael Pante, we’ve created a new research and teaching facility: The Paleoanthropology and Zooarchaeology Lab. In this space, Dr. Pante and his students research the earliest evidence of human carnivory, much like a forensic anthropologist would investigate a crime scene. The research has the potential to shed light upon the conditions that lead to the huge increase in brain size that characterizes our species.
The Paleoanthropology and Zooarchaeology Lab is also a unique teaching resource where students can get hands on experience working with bones. They learn to identify different animal species from small fragments of bone and to interpret the behavior of our ancestors from the feeding traces found on fossils recovered from prehistoric archaeological sites.
Check out our flickr photostream to see more photos of this lab.