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"Meet The Scientist Day" At The Arizona Museum Of Natural History

Spent this morning and early afternoon with ASU Grad Student and Paleoanthropologist John Murray talking skulls and stone tools, and discussing Human Origins with museum visitors.


From John's ASU Page at


"John Murray is a graduate student interested in Paleolithic archaeology, paleoanthropology, hominin behavioral variability, lithic technology, experimental archaeology, human-environment interaction, Niche Construction Theory, and the interaction between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens.

John's research has primarily focused on the Paleolithic of the Near East, but he has interests in the archaeology of Africa and eastern Asia. He has conducted field work on the Azraq Marshes Archaeological and Paleoecological Project (AMAPP) at the late Lower Paleolithic site Shishan Marsh - 1 in al-Azraq, Jordan. More recently, he has worked at the Upper Paleolithic cave site Mughr el-Hamamah in the Jordan Valley. For his MA research, John tested the hypothesis that handaxes were multi-functional tools in the past using a combination of experimental archaeology and the edge damage distribution method.

Currently, John is working at the Later Stone Age site, Knysna in South Africa. His dissertation research will investigate the role of pyrotechnology in human adaptations during the late Middle Stone Age and Later Stone Age of South Africa."


It's always nice to meet the grad students from the ASU Institute For Human Origins when they volunteer for special events or "Meet The Scientist" days. John is a stone tool specialist and I've always found that topic very fascinating. I also love discussing the latest papers on human evolution and recent news with them. 



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