Collecting data in Nairobi

Collecting data at the National Museums of Kenya (NMK)

Whilst the field season may be over, work on the Gorongosa fossil collection continues. I have been working on photogrammetry for many of the Gorongosa fossils and building 3D models of them. I recently spent several weeks at the Nairobi National Museum in Kenya studying comparative collections and scanning material for comparison.

Thomas A. Püschel
Thomas A. Püschel
Postdoctoral researcher

I am an evolutionary anthropologist and vertebrate palaeobiologist mainly focused on human, primate and mammalian evolution. My main interest is to study organismal evolution by reconstructing and comparing the palaeobiology of fossils to their living ecological relatives. In order to do this, I apply a combination of phylogenetics, 3D morphometrics, virtual biomechanical techniques, computational simulations, statistical modelling, phylogenetic comparative methods, and fieldwork. I am part of the Venditti group, University of Reading, within the framework of the Leverhulme project ‘The evolutionary and biogeographical routes to hominin diversity’. I am also a research affiliate at the Institute of Human Sciences, University of Oxford, where I work together with the Paleo-Primate Project Gorongosa, Mozambique.