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Charles Musiba, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Biological Anthropology)

Musiba

E-mail

Office Location:
North Classroom (NC) 4200D

My Website:
Tanzania Field School in Anthropology »

Office Hours:
Mon. & Wed., 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 303-315-7325

Fax: 303-315-7336

Curriculum Vitae »

Department of Anthropology »

Expertise Areas:
Human Origins and Adaptability, Eastern and Southern Africa. Management of Archaeological World Heritage Sites in Africa.

My Addresses:

Mailing Address:
Department of Anthropology
Campus Box 103
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
Auraria Campus
North Classroom
Suite 4002

Member of the CLAS Speakers Bureau

1999      Ph.D. in Anthropology (physical anthropology), The University of Chicago

1995      M.A. in Anthropology (physical anthropology), The University of Chicago

1991      M.A. in Human Ecology, Free University of Brussels (VUB), Belgium

1985      B.A. (Equiv.,) in biological anthropology, J.W. Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany

My research focuses on human origins in Tanzania and South Africa with research theme covering the following areas: taphonomy and paleoecology of Laetoli, hominin behavior ecology at Olduvai Gorge, conservation of animal trackways at Laetoli, and the evolution of the genus Homo in Eastern and Southern Africa. I am interested in research questions that link human evolution with climate change, especially the reconstruction of ancient landscapes using multiple sources of data (from fossil faunal remains to stable isotopes, pollen remains, and animal prints) at Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli paleoanthropological sites in northern Tanzania.

The aim of my research work at Laetoli (which currently combines research and field-based teaching) is to explore the question of whether combined paleontological data can successfully be used to tease out ecological interpretations of past landscapes and their impact on human evolution at Laetoli. The scope and focus of my current research is: (1) to continue with field excavation and recovery of fossil faunal remains (including hominin and other associated mammalian bones) from Localities 7, 8, and 10; (2) to conduct a systematic study that compares recently discovered Laetoli hominin specimen with well-established Australopithecus afarensis specimens from Laetoli and other East African sites from Ethiopia and Kenya in order to establish firmly their taxonomic status; (3) to establish a better geologic (stratigraphic) framework that can be used as a benchmark on Laetoli depositional environments and hominin variability using multiple sources of data; (4) to systematically document the animal trackways and establish snapshots of Laetoli past fauna communities based on animal prints; and (5) to apply multiple analytical methods to identify past ecological changes at Laetoli in the past 3.6 million years ago.

 

2016

Dembo, M., RadovĨic, D., Garvin, H.M., Laird, M.F., Schroeder, L., Scott, J.E., Brophy, J., Delezene, L.K., Ackermann, R.R., Musiba, C.M., De Ruiter, D.J., Mooers, A.O., and Collard, M. The evolutionary relationships and age of Homo naledi: an assessment using dated Bayesian phylogenetic methods. Journal of Human Evolution. Journal of Human Evolution, Vol. 97: 17-26 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2016.04.008.

2016

Wei, P., Wallace, I.J., Jashashvili, T., Musiba, C.M., and Liu, Wu. Structural analysis of the femoral diaphysis of an early modern human from Tianyun Cave, China. Quaternary International (2015). Http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.10.099.

2015

Paul HGM Dirks, P.H.G.M., Berger, L.R., Roberts, E.M., Kramers, J.D., Hawks, J., Randolph-Quinney, P.S., Elliott, M., Musiba, C.M., Churchill, S.E., de Ruiter, D.J., Schmid, P., Backwell, L.R., Belyanin, G.A., Boshoff, P., Hunter, K.L., Feuerriegel, E.M., Gurtov, A., Harrison, J.G., Hunter, R., Kruger, A., Morris, H., Makhubela, T.V., Peixotto, B. and Tucker, S. Geological and taphonomic context for the new hominin species Homo naledi from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa. eLife 2015;4: e09561. http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.09561.

2015

Berger, L.R., Hawk, J., de Ruiter, D.J.,  Churchill1, S.E., Schmid, P, Delezene, L.K., Kivell1,T.L., Garvin, H.M., Williams, S.A., DeSilva, J.M., Skinner, M.M., Musiba, C.M., Cameron, N., Holliday, T.W., Harcourt-Smith1, W., Ackermann, R.R., Bastir1, M., Bogin, B., Bolter, D., Brophy, J., Cofran, Z.D., Congdon, K.A., Deane, A.S., Dembo, M., Drapeau, M., Elliott, M.C., Feuerriegel, E.M., Garcia-Martinez, D., Green, D.J., Gurtov, A., Irish, J.D., Kruger, A., Laird, M.F., Marchi1,D., Meyer, M.R., Nalla, S., Negash, E.W., Orr, C.M., Radovcic, D., Schroeder, L., Scott1, J.E., Throckmorton, Z., Tocheri, M.W., VanSickle, C., Walker, C.S., Wei, P., and Zipfel, B. Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa. eLife 2015;4: e09560. http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.09560.

2014

Musiba, C. Comments on M. Dominguez-Rodrigo (2014). Is the “Savanna Hypothesis” a dead Concept for Explaining the Emergence of the Earliest Hominins? Current Anthropology, vol. 55(1): 59-81.

2014

Musiba, C. The administration of Cultural World Heritage Sites and Their Contribution to the Economic Empowerment of Local Communities in Africa. In S. Makuvaza (Ed.), The Management of Cultural World Heritage Sites and Development in Africa.SpringerBriefs in Archaeology / SpringerBriefs in Archaeological Heritage Management, 103p.

2014

Dominguez-Rodrigo, M., Diez-Martín, F., Mabulla, A., Baquedano, E., Bunn, H., and Musiba, C. The evolution of hominin behavior during the Oldowan-Acheulian transition: Recent evidence from Olduvai Gorge and Peninj (Tanzania). Quaternary International (2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint. 2014.01.017.

2013

Dominguez-Rodrigo, M., Pickering, T.R., Baquedano, E., Mabulla, A., Mark, D.F., Musiba, C., Bunn, H.T., Uribelarrea, D., Smith, V., Diez-Martin, F., Pérez-González, A., Sánchez, P., Santoja, M., Barboni, D., Gidna, G., Ashley, G., Yravedra, J., Heaton, J.L., and Arriaza, M.C. First Partial Skeleton of a 1.34-Million-Year-Old Paranthropus boisei from Bed II, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. PLOS ONE, Volume 8 (12) e80347: 1-10.

2013

Pickering, T.R., Domínguez-Rodrigo, M., Heaton, J.L., Yravedra, J., Barba, R., Bunn, H.T., Musiba, C., Baquedano, E., Diez-Martin, F., Mabulla, A., and Brain, C.K. 2013. Taphonomy of ungulate ribs and the consumption of meat and bone by 1.2-million-year-old hominins at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 40(2):1295-1309.

2013

Gidna, A.O., Kisui, B., Mabulla, A., Musiba, C., and Dominguez-Rodrigo, M. An ecological neo-taphonomic study of carcass consumption by lions in Tarangire National Park (Tanzania) and its relevance for human evolutionary biology. Quaternary International (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2013.08.059.

2012

Musiba. C. 2012. Negotiating Conservation and Sustainable Use of Tanzania’s Paleoanthropological Heritage: The Laetoli Hominin Footprints Site in Ngorongoro, Northern Tanzania. In Alicia Castillo (Eds.): Proceedings of the First International Conference on Best Practices in World Heritage: Archaeology, pages 413-435. Editora, Complutense, Spain.

2012

Musiba, C., Mabulla, A., Mutakyahwa, M., Masao, F., Runyoro, V., Kim, J.Y., Dominguez-Rodrigo, M., Mbwana, N., Ndunguru, F., Odunga, S., Washa, J., Paresso, J., and Stepanek. V. 2012. Tanzania and the Outstanding Universal Value of its paleoanthropology: approaches at Laetoli and lessons learned. In Nuria Sanz (Eds.): Human Origin Sites and the World Heritage Convention in Africa. World Heritage Papers Series, Vol. 33: 115-125.

2012

Baquedano, E., Dominguez-Rodrigo, M., and Musiba, C. An experimental study of large mammal bone modification by crocodiles and its bearing on the interpretation of crocodile predation at FLK Zinj and FLK NN3. Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 39: 1728-1737.

2012

Dominguez-Rodrigo, M., Bunn, H.T., Pickering, T.R., Mabulla, A.Z.P., Musiba, C.M., Baquedano, E., Ashley, G.M., Diez-Martin, F., Uribelarrea, D., Barba, R., Yravedra, J., Barboni, D., Arriaza, C., and Gidna, A. Autochthony and orientation patterns in Olduvai Bed I: a re-examination of the status of post-depositional biasing of archaeological assemblages from FLK North (FLKN). Journal of Archaeological Science, vol. 39(7): 2116-2127.

2012

Dominguez-Rodrigo, M., Pickering, T.R., Diez-Martin, F., Mabulla, A., Musiba, C., Trancho, G., Baquedano, E., Bunn, H.T., Barboni, DE., Santoja, M., Uribelarrea, D., Ashley, G., del Sol Martinez-Avilla, M., Barba, B., Gidna, A., Yravedra, J., and Arriaza, C. Earliest Hyperostosis on 1.5-Million-Year-Old Hominin from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. PLoS ONE 7(10): e46414 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046414.

2012

Dominguez-Rodrigo, M., Gidna, A.O., Yravedra, J., and Musiba, C. A comparative Neo-Taphonomic Study of Felids, Hyaenids, and Canids: an Analogical Framework Based on Long Bone Modification Patterns. Journal of Taphonomy, volume 10(3-4): 151-170.

2011

Meldrum, D.J., Lockley, M.G., Lucas, S.G., and Musiba, C. Ichnotaxonomy of the Laetoli trackways: The earliest hominin footprints. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 60:1-12.

2011

Musiba, C.M., Laciny, C., and Magori, C.C.  Endocast of Saldanha skull: revised description, comparative status and behavioral possibilities.  In G. Sarana and R.P. SArivastava (Eds.,) Studies in Socioal and Physical Anthropology. . Rawat Publications, Jaipur, New Delhi.

2010

Dominquez-Rodrigo, M and Musiba, C.M. How accurate are paleoecological reconstructions of early paleontological and archaeological sites.  Evolutionary Biology, 37:128-140 (DOI 10.1007/s11692-010-9087-2).

  • ANTH 1000: Anthropology - Past and Present
  • ANTH 1303: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 3500: Human Osteology
  • ANTH 3512: Human Evolution
  • ANTH 4500/5500: Advanced Issues in Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 4500/5500: Taphonomy and Zooarchaeology Seminar
  • ANTH 4580/5580: Neanderthals and the Origin of Modern Humans
  • ANTH 4995/5995: Tanzania Field School in Anthropology
  • ANTH 6513: Biological Anthropology Core: The Fossil Record
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