Department of Anthropology
School of Arts and Sciences
Africa, Paleoanthropology, Human Origins, Primatology, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Hominid Land Use, Lithic Technology, Stone Tools, Plio-Pleistocene Archeology, Holocene Archeology, East Africa.
Dr. Jack Harris, Ph.D. is a professor and former chair in the department of anthropology. Harris is one of the world’s foremost paleoanthropologists studying the earliest stages of human origins. He has done fieldwork on early hominid and archaeological sites in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zaire and Mozambique. His research interests include changing patterns of early hominid behavior between 2.5 and 1.5 million years ago.
Harris has had more than 125 publications including numerous co-authored publications in Science, Nature and more recently the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. His published research includes land-use and ranging patterns of early hominids, and descriptions of the world's earliest stone tools from Ethiopia. In addition, Harris coordinates three international anthropology field schools under Rutgers Study Abroad in Kenya in paleoanthropology, primatology, and Swahili studies.
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