Canine Use in Hominins
Team Members: Lucas Delezene, Peter S. Ungar, J. Michael Plavcan, Mark Teaford
Funding Source: Leakey Foundation
Using dental microtexture analysis, we are examining the hypothesis that early hominins used their canines in ingestive behaviors. To do so, we will compare microwear in five hominin species to that of a range of anthropoid primates that use their canines in a variety of preparatory and nonmasticatory contexts.
Rising Star Collaboration: Diet and Tooth Morphology
Team Members: Lucas Delezene, Sarah V. Livengood, Alia Gurtov, Lee R. Berger, and Peter S. Ungar
Funding Source National Geographic; University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
We are examining the microwear textures on the occlusal and buccal surfaces of the Homo naledi material to understand dietary behaviors. Their microwear signals will be compared to modern hunter-gatherers, currently published hominin material, and non human primates.
Michael Plavcan, Lucas Delezene, Jessica Scott, Elicia Abella, Jenny Burgman, Rachel Walton, and Peter S. Ungar
Funding Source National Science Foundation
The Ungar lab is participating in the paleoecological reconstruction of the hominin site of Kanapoi in Kenya. By analyzing the dental textural analysis of rodents, suids, primates and hominins from the site to understand the dietary patterns of these animals.