Zooarchaeology Lab

The Zooarchaeology Laboratory is used for teaching the analysis of faunal remains in an archaeological context. In addition, the lab is used for the analysis of zooarchaeological material and houses a large comparative collection comprised of North American and African faunal material.

Dr. Michael Pante, Director


General Services Building 350

Equipment & Software

  • 2 imac computers equipped with photographic software
  • 2 P.C.’s equipped with photographic software and ArcGIS
  • Nikon d7100 SLR camera and lenses
  • Leica TS-11 total station
  • Kaiser photostand


Comparative collection of modern faunal material from North America and Africa


Pante, M.C., Torre, de la I. (2018). A hidden treasure of the Lower Pleistocene: the Leakey HWK EE assemblage. Journal of Human Evolution 120, 114-139. (Impact factor 4.5, citations 6)

Pante, M.C., Njau, J.K., Hensley-Marschand, B., Keevil, T., Martín-Ramos, C., Peters, R. Torre, I. de la. (2018). The carnivorous feeding behavior of early Homo at HWK EE Bed II, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Journal of Human Evolution 120, 215-235. (Impact factor 4.5, citations 8)

Pante, M.C., Muttart, M., Keevil, T., Blumenschine, R.J., Njau, J.K., Merritt, S.M. (2017). A new high-resolution 3-D quantitative method for identifying bone surface modifications with implications for the Early Stone Age archaeological record. Journal of Human Evolution 102, 1-11. (Impact factor 4.5, citations 19)

Braun, D., Pante, M.C., Acher, W. (2016). Cut marks on bone surfaces: Influences on variation in the form of traces of ancient behavior. Royal Societies Interface focus 6(2), 2016.0006. (Impact factor 2.6, citations 11)

Pante, M. C., Scott, R. S., Blumenschine, R. J., Capaldo, S. D. (2015). Revalidation of bone surface modification models for inferring fossil hominin and carnivore feeding interactions. Quaternary International 355(12), 164-168. (Impact factor 2.5, citations 22)

Pante, M. C. (2013). The larger mammal fossil assemblage from JK2, Bed III, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania: Implications for the feeding behavior of Homo erectus.  Journal of Human Evolution 64(1), 68-82. (Impact factor 4.5, citations 15)

Students Working in the Zooarchaeology Lab

Fall 2018

Emily Orlikoff
Graduate Student

April Tolley
Graduate Student

Terry Mwanache
Graduate Student

Robert Kaplan
Graduate Student

Ipyana Mwakyoma
Graduate Student

Alumni Thesis Defense

Trevor Keevil
Master of Arts in Anthropology

Anthropology student cutting into the dirt

The Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University proudly presents the M.A. Thesis Defense of Trevor Keevil. His thesis is titled, "Inferrring Early Stone Age tool technology and raw material from cut mark micromorphology using high-resolution 3-D scanning with applications to Middle Bed II, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania.” Keevil presented his project on Monday, March 26, 2018.

Matthew Muttart
Master of Arts in Anthropology

Anthropology student smiling while working in the field

The Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University proudly presents the M.A. Thesis Defense of Matthew Muttart. His thesis is titled, "Taxonomic distinctions in the 3D micromorphology of tooth marks with application to feeding traces from Middle Bed II, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania." Muttart presented his project on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Merve Gumrukcu
Master of Arts in Anthropology

Anthropology student sitting on a sign for photo

The Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University proudly presents the M.A. Thesis Defense of Merve Gumrukcu.  Her thesis is titled, "Assessing the effects of fluvial abrasion on bone surface modifications using high-resolution 3-D scanning."  Gumrukcu presented her project on Thursday, February 23, 2017.