2019-01-02 \\ Publications
Our first paper on the influences of nutritional varition among plants in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, South Africa is out! We found that habitat and plant part (i.e., leaf, stem) were stronger drivers of nutritional variation than season. Furthermore, some habitats, such as wetlands, had fewer valuable resources than previously expected.
The paper is available online in the Review of Paleobotany and Palynology. The preprint version is available on our publications page.
2018-12-20 \\ Outreach
The Studium Generale organizes public events, talks, and symposia to showcase the research and activites of Leiden University's Faculty. The fall 2018 program focused on the Future of Archaeology, in part to celebrate 200 years of Archaeology at Leiden University.
Amanda gave a presentation entitled "Eating our way to the top: Diet in Human Evolution" in which she discussed the latest information about diets from the earliest hominins to today. It was a fun, informal evening and the audience had many great questions!
2018-12-20 \\ Outreach
The HARVEST project has been catching the eye of some Dutch media. Two recent articles highlighted the work that has been done by our group.
One, by the local Leidsch Dagblad (paywall) focuses specifically on the research involving dental calculus.
The other was part of the NRC special Christmas Edition, which focuses on the role of meat in human evolution.
2018-11-26 \\ Outreach
Our colleague and experimental archaeologist Diederik Pomstra ate only wild foods for one month to help us understand how wild foods change the gut microbial community. Not only was he awesome enough to agree to take on this challenge, but Diederik went the extra mile and vlogged about his experience!
You can see all his videos on the ArchaeologyLeiden YouTube channel.
We will keep you posted as the results from the gut microbial analyses come in - stay tuned!
2018-07-01 \\ Outreach
Bjørn presented the results of his Master's project at this year's AAPAs in Austin, Texas: “Barking up the Wrong Tree? Searching for sexual dimorphism in deciduous enamel thickness and density”.
His study used micro-computed tomography to explore differences in the enamel properties of milk teeth between boys and girls of a 19th century Dutch archaeological skeletal material. No differences were found between the two sexes, in fact, the differences within the boys and girls subsamples were larger than the differences between them.
2018-06-28 \\ Publications
Amanda published the results of a pilot study examining the potential energetic costs of collecting fuel. These costs are quite high compared to other activities, and can even outweigh the energetic benefits of cooked foods!
The paper is available online from Quaternary International today. The preprint version is available on our publications page.
2018-06-1 \\ Outreach
Amanda was invited to a Colloquim at the Collège de France on the "Energetics of the Hominins", where she gave a talk on the costs of fire. Two days of talks covered changes in hominin brain size, brain growth, food acquisition and food processing.
Colloquia at the College are open to the public and are recorded. The videos of all of the talks are available online on the Collège's website.
HARVEST is an European Research Council funded research project (ERC-STG 677576) awarded to Amanda G. Henry.
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