Churchill Lab


Human paleontologist Steve Churchill studies morphological and behavioral adaptation in archaic and modern humans of the Middle and Late Pleistocene. Through comparative functional-morphological analysis of human fossil remains, coupled with investigation of the archeological record of prehistoric human behavior, he conducts research on the ecology, energetics and adaptive strategies of premodern members;  the evolution of human subsistence strategies across the Middle and Late Pleistocene; the evolution of subsistence technology, especially the origins of true long-range projectile weaponry; and the community ecology of humans and large-bodied carnivores in Pleistocene Europe and Africa.

For recent work click here. For additional work see Churchill et al. 2009.

Picture above: Duke Field School in South Africa