The Human Evolution Research Center is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the study of human origins and evolution.  HERC creates, integrates, and disseminates knowledge from the earth, social, and biological sciences to help illuminate the human present and future.

HERC supports diverse international and multidisciplinary research programs.  HERC faculty and students conduct research in allied institutions around the world.  HERC personnel have undertaken fieldwork and/or survey in Spain, Turkey, France, Jordan, China, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Malawi.  This work has generated many significant findings, including crucial evidence of human biological and technological evolution.

CURRENT MAJOR RESEARCH
PROJECTS

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Field Paleontology: The Middle Awash Research Project

The Middle Awash Research Project in Ethiopia is an international multidisciplinary effort to elucidate human origins and evolution, conducted under permit from the Ethiopian Government (Authority for Research and Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Tourism).

The dual missions of the Middle Awash project are to generate knowledge through scientific research, and to build Ethiopian research and management capacity and infrastructure in archaeologygeology, and paleontology.

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An Integrative Approach: Genotypes, Phenotypes, and Skeletal Variation

The Hlusko Lab broadly investigates genotype-phenotype relationships and how these relationships influence skeletal variation. This research integrates paleontology, neontology, quantitative genetics, and developmental genetics. Learn more about their current research here.

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Miocene Fauna Assessment: Kurutlu, Turkey

HERC researchers are actively involved in assessments of faunal assemblages from Miocene deposits in central Turkey. For media coverage of their 2019 visit to Ahi Evran University, go here and here.

HERC's activities are funded by grants, endowment support, and generous donors.