HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Grant allows ASU archaeologist to study how environment influences evolution

ASU archaeologist Curtis Marean wants to learn more about modern human evolution by gaining a better understanding of the physical environment in which ancient peoples lived. Marean says relatively little is known about the environment that drove the evolution of modern humans.

To remedy that situation, Marean, who recently received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, is bringing archaeologists together with scientists specializing in caves, ancient dune systems, chemical dating methods and other topics relevant to human evolution and ecological studies. The team will try to reconstruct the ancient ecological factors that likely influenced the evolution of Homo sapiens, and see what that might tell us about our species' future.

Marean is primarily concerned with an area of South Africa called Mossel Bay, known for its rich human fossil collection and considered by many scientists to be an important site in the history of human evolution. Marean believes a team-based approach will result in more fruitful research than the typically exclusive work done by specialists.

"This really is a transdisciplinary research project," Marean said. "Breaking down the boundaries between disciplines is very hard, but when you bring everyone together to interpret the same information, it gives you a lot more than if there was just that one specialist working on it."

Researchers agree that modern humans evolved in Africa, but little is known about the ancient ecology at the time. Scientists know that environment is one of the biggest influences that drives evolution, so reconstructing the environment from 400,000 years ago to 30,000 years ago might hold the key to understanding why humans evolved the way they did, Marean said.

"During glacial advances throughout the Pleistocene period (an era from 1.6 million years ago to 11,000 years ago), Africa became a lot drier and the Sahara Desert grew wider, creating isolated pocke
'"/>

Contact: Skip Derra
skip.derra@asu.edu
480-965-4823
Arizona State University
21-Dec-2005


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. CSHL awarded Pre-College Science Education Grant by HHMI
2. Grant to Yale from Simons Foundation to explore genetic causes of autism
3. Granthams to fund Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London
4. Grant aims to ignite inspiration and interest in science
5. EMBO Installation Grants help scientists get set up in Europe
6. Grant to UA makes Kartchner Caverns a Microbial Observatory
7. DoD awards $10.7 million Center of Excellence Grant to Fox Chases V. Craig Jordan
8. $14.6 million NIH Grant will build on macular degeneration findings
9. Stevens, N.J. Sea Grant to host coastal management workshop
10. Grants put ANU in bird flu fight frontline
11. Grant will promote Yale-India environmental ties

Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/21/2014)... Nov. 20, 2014   Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ... (MCU) and touch technology solutions, today launched the industry,s ... with the widest V cc range from 1.7V ... and faster I 2 C bus communication speeds, and ... memory making them ideal for consumer, industrial, computer, and ...
(Date:11/18/2014)... NEW YORK , Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... iris-based identity authentication solutions, and MorphoTrust USA ... solutions and services, today announced a strategic partnership ... across enterprise, motor vehicle administration (MVA), airport screening ... leader in identity-related solutions, MorphoTrust serves consumers through ...
(Date:11/10/2014)... shelves in early 2010, and people have used them ... be tossed into a washing machine without ever having ... though, has come with risks for young children. , ... found that from 2012 through 2013, U.S. poison control ... years of age swallowing, inhaling, or otherwise being exposed ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Atmel Launches Industry's First Wide-V(cc) Low-Power Temperature Sensor Family 2Atmel Launches Industry's First Wide-V(cc) Low-Power Temperature Sensor Family 3Atmel Launches Industry's First Wide-V(cc) Low-Power Temperature Sensor Family 4EyeLock, MorphoTrust Form Strategic Partnership to Pursue Commercial Enterprise Deployments 2EyeLock, MorphoTrust Form Strategic Partnership to Pursue Commercial Enterprise Deployments 3Study finds laundry detergent pods, serious poisoning risk for children 2
(Date:11/26/2014)... 2014 On January, 14, 2015, ... Washington D.C. science community to the UMBC campus for ... by the Protein Society, will take place from 9 ... 312. Through discussion, presentations and workshops, the free ... proteins, their role in the industry and the future ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... November 25, 2014 Whitehouse Laboratories ... joined the Morris County (New Jersey) Chamber of ... a leading business organization in the North Jersey ... further engage some key clients in the pharmaceutical ... the geographic area. Membership enables Whitehouse Laboratories a ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... Continuing its award-winning streak, Nerium International, ... MarCom Awards for outstanding creative achievement by its marketing ... Award, the organization’s top honor, in the Branding category ... in April of this year. The event showcased top ... Nerium was awarded a Gold MarCom Award in the ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... 2014 Miles Holder, formerly of Micron ... Carbon Products team as Sales/Marketing Manager. Mr. Holder has ... service for the graphite industry. , “We are thrilled ... stated Dave Trinkley, VP of Market and Product Development ... experience in the graphite industry, along with his proven ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Whitehouse Laboratories Joins Morris County Chamber of Commerce 2Whitehouse Laboratories Joins Morris County Chamber of Commerce 3Nerium International™ Wins One Platinum, Two Gold MarCom Awards 2Miles Holder Joins Graphel Corporation as Sales/Marketing Manager 2
Cached News: