The Olduvai Gorge ProjectThe Olduvai Paleonthropology and Paleoecology Project (TOPP), work at Olduvai Gorge started in 2006. Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo (Complutense University, Madrid, Spain) and Audax Mabulla (University of Dar es Salaam Read More +
What is Olduvai Gorge?The gorge contains one of the richest and best preserved archaeological and paleontological records for the study of human evolution. Read More +
The Olduvai Field SchoolEndowed with some of the most spectacular and world famous archaeological and paleoanthropological sites, Tanzania presents focused, self-driven students with an opportunity to become deeply immersed and engaged in the beauty and splendor of a unique cultural and prehistoric tour de force. Read More +
Current researchThe earliest stages of human behavior underwent a modification with the emergence of Homo erectus. With this hominin type, new technologies, such as the Acheulian and new subsistence behaviors based on the more intensive consumption of meat also emerged. Read More +
The Olduvai Paleoanthropology and Paleoecology Project started in 2006 and its goal is to study the origins of human behavior. It focuses on the study of the earliest stone tools, trying to undertand what was the function of the early archaeological sites. We are currently engaged in comparing Oldowan and Acheulian sites in terms of site formation, size and functionality, according to their respective environments. The changing ecology of the Olduvai lake basin had a profound impact on the adaptation and behavior of our ancestors. Understanding this process is crucial to unravel how we became humans.
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From the reviews: "The book is divided into 16 chapters. … The monograph is data-rich, with abundant tables for each studied strata listing species and skeletal part representation, as well as graphical summaries of the locations of each individual surface modification (whether by hominin or carnivore) on bovid long bones. … Deconstructing Olduvai is an important paleoanthropological contribution … ." Christian A. Tryon, Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 2008. "This volume provides a fresh look at an old issue – i.e. that hominins were primary agents in the formation of these sites – and suggests that site formation is heterogeneous and complicated during Bed I times at Olduvai Gorge." Journal of Human Evolution, 31 August 2009.
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