Paleo-Primate Project Gorongosa

Gorongosa, Mozambique
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Overview
Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, represents the last unstudied link in the great African Rift that runs across eastern Africa, wherein lie the “cradles of humankind”. Preliminary research conducted in 2016 confirms that the Gorongosa Rift Valley bears new fossil sites, and provides astounding ecological diversity as a setting within which to investigate primate evolution, both past and present. The project’s components seek to shed light into the origins and evolutionary success of the human lineage. This is the first project in human evolution where primatologists, palaeontologists, geologists, archaeologists and ecologists work daily side-byside, collecting data that converge on an overarching goal.


PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Susana Carvalho


FUNDING INSTITUTION

National Geographic Society
John Fell Fund, Oxford University
The Leverhulme Trust
Gorongosa Restoration Project


DURATION

2016-2018


PROJECT REFERENCE(S)

Carvalho, S., Habermann, J., Alemseged, Z., Aldeias, V., Archer, W., Bamford, M., Biro, D., Bobe, R., Braun, D.R., Capelli, C., Cunha, E., Ferreira da Silva, M.J., Luedecke, T., Madiquida, H., Martinez, F., Negash, E., Paulo, L.M., Pinto, M., Stalmans, M., Tatá, F. and Wynn, J. (2017). Gorongosa National Park and the biogeography of human origins in the Mio-Pliocene. Podium. European Society for the Study of Human Evolution. Leiden. Netherlands. September. [Published abstract].

Capelli, C., Ferreira da Silva, M.J., Martinez, F.L., Biro, D., Aldeias, V., Alemseged, Z., Archer, W., Bamford, M., Bobe, R., Braun, D.R., Cunha, E., Habermann, J., Luedecke, T., Madiquida, H., Negash, E., Paulo, L.M., Pinto, M., Stalmans, M., Tátá, F., Wynn, J. and Carvalho, S. (2017). Genetic and Morphological characterization of the Baboon population of Gorongosa National Park. Poster presentation at Frontiers in Baboon Research Symposium, Germany, October 2017.

Habermann, J., Alberti, M., Alemseged, Z., Aldeias, V., Archer, W., Bamford, M., Biro, D., Braun, D.R., Capelli, C., Cunha, E., Ferreira da Silva, M.J., Luedecke, T., Madiquida, H., Martinez, F., Mathe, J., Negash, E., Paulo, L.M., Pinto, M., Stalmans, M., Tatá, F., Wynn, J., Bobe, R. and Carvalho S. (submitted). New fossil sites from the Urema Rift and potential primate use of Mio-Pliocene coastal environments. Nature Communications.


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