Introduction to the Olduvai Gorge Project

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.