Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Lydia V. Luncz

Dr. Lydia V. Luncz

I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and have joined the Primate Models for Behavioural Evolution Lab at the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology in May 2017. My research explores the evolution of material culture in primates. I am using archaeological methods to compare the development of percussive technologies in wild primate species, including bearded capuchin monkeys in Brazil, long-tailed macaques in Thailand and western chimpanzees in Ivory Coast. My current project aims to identify the earliest human wooden tools, by evaluating universal characteristics of percussive wooden tools and the archaeological evidence they leave in the environment of our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees. My research takes a comparative approach to further investigate the evolution of technology in humans, our ancestors and non-human primates alike. You can see more in my page.


Thomas Puschel

Dr. Thomas Püschel

I am an evolutionary anthropologist and vertebrate palaeobiologist interested in primate evolution and the use of numerical and computational techniques for investigating the interface between comparative anatomy, fossil behaviour, biomechanics, and ecology. From November 2018 I will hold a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Primate Models for Behavioural Evolution Lab, which is part of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology. My research is characterised by the application of predictive modelling, 3D morphometrics, virtual biomechanical techniques, computational simulations, phylogenetic comparative methods, and field research to reconstruct and compare the palaeobiology of extinct animals to their living ecological relatives. My interest is not limited to examine how the morphology of an organism relates to its ecological role, but also to assess how different climatic and environmental conditions influence its adaptation and evolution. My present research interest focuses on understanding the environmental context of early human evolution, as Climate Change is considered to be one of the main factors involved in human origins and adaptation. My Leverhulme Project will take me to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, where I will be working together with the Paleo-Primate Project Gorongosa.


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