Dr Martha Tappen

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tappe004@umn.edu
612-625-3087

Anthropology
395 HHH Center

301 19th Avenue South

Affiliations
Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Biological Anthropology and Archaeology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1992.

Specialties

  • human evolution and adaptations
  • out of Africa I
  • paleoenvironments
  • Stone Age archaeology
  • zooarchaeology
  • taphonomy
Courses Taught
  • Anth 1001 - Human Evolution
  • Anth 1906 - Freshman Seminar: Changing Human Adaptations
  • ANTH 3402/5402 - Zooarchaeology Laboratory
  • Anth 5244/8244 - Interpreting Ancient Bone
  • Hyenas, Hominids, and Habitats
  • ANTH 3444/5444 - Human Fossil Record
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member: Paleoanthropology Society
  • Member: American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • Member: American Anthropological Association
  • Member: Quaternary Paleoecology Faculty
  • Member: American Association of University Professors
  • Member: International Council for Archaeozoology

Research

  • Paleoanthropologist: Research on the evolution of human behavior especially human-animal interactions, archaeological site formation, the adoption of meat-eating and spread out of Africa. Excavation and analysis of the Dmanisi Homo erectus site in Georgia, research on bone accumulating mechanisms and modification by hominins, carnivores and natural processes.
Publications
  • Tappen, Martha. "The Wisdom of the Aged and Out of Africa I ." Transitions in Prehistory: Essays in Honor of Ofer Bar-Yosef. In Shea, John J. and Daniel E. Lieberman (Editors) (2009): Download
  • M. Tappen, D. Lordkipanidze, M. Bukshianidze, R. Ferring. "Are You in or Out (of Africa?)." Breathing Life into Fossils: Taphonomic Studies in Honor of C.K. Brain“. T.R. Pickering, K. Schick and N. Toth, Eds. (2007): 119-135. Download
  • Lordkipanidze, D, Jashashvili, T., Vekua, A., Ponce de Leon, M., zollikofer, C., Rightmire, P., Pontzer, H., Ferring, R., Oms, O., Tappen, M. Bukhsianidze, M., Agusti, J., Kiladze, G, Kalkhe, Rm Martinez-Navarro, B. Mouskhelishvili,, A., Nioradze, M., Rook, L.. "Post-cranial evidence from early Homo from Dmanisi, Georgia." Nature 449 (2007): 305-310. Download
  • Lordkipanidze, D., Vekua, A., Ferring, R., Rightmire, P., Zollikofer, C., Agusti, J, Kiladze, G., Mouskhelishvili, A., Nioradze, A., Ponce de León, M., Tappen, M. 2006. A Fourth Hominid Cranium from Dmanisi, Georgia. The Anatomical Record 208: 1146-1157. Download
  • Yellen, J. Brooks, A., Helgren, D., Tappen, M., Ambrose, S. Bonnefille, R. Feathers, J. Goodfriend, G., Ludwig, K., Renne, P. Stewart, K. "The Archaeology of Aduma Middle Stone Age Sites in the Awash Valley, Ethiopia." PaleoAnthropology 10 (2005): 25-100.
  • Lordkipanidze, D. Vekua, a., Ferring, R., Rightmire, G.P., Agusti, J., Kiladze, G., Mouskhelishvili, Nioradze, M. Ponce de Leon, M., Tappen, M. Zollikofer, C.P.E.. "The earliest toothless hominin skull." Nature 434 (2005): 717-718.
  • Tappen, Martha, Tappen, M., Ferring, R., Lordkipanidze, D., Vekua, A., Kiladze, G.. "Preliminary Observations on the Vertebrate Taphonomy of the Dmanisi Locality in The Republic of Georgia." Topics on Taphonomy and Fossilization (2002): 161-170.
  • Vekua, A., Lordkipanidze, D.,Rightmire, P., Agusti, J., Ferring, C.R., Maisuradze, G., Mouskhelishvili, A., Nioradze, M., Ponce de Leon, M., Tappen, M., Tvalchrelidze, M. Zollikofer, C. 2002. A New Skull from Early Homo from Dmanisi, Georgia. Nature 297: 85-89. Download
  • Tappen, Martha, Tappen, M. Adler, D. S., Ferring, C.R., Gabunia, M. Vekua, A., Swisher, C. III. "Akhalkalaki: The Taphonomy of A Lower Pleistocene Locality in the Republic of Georgia." Journal of Archaeological Science 29 (2002): 1367-1391. Download
  • Tappen, Martha. "Deconstructing the Serengeti." The Early Human Diet, the Role of Meat,, Stanford, C. and Bunn, H. editors (2001): 13-32. Download
  • Tappen, Martha, Richard Wrangham. "Recognizing Hominoid-Modified Bones: The Taphonomy of Colobus Bones Partially Digested by Free-Ranging Chimpanzees in the Kibale Forest, Uganda." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 113 (2000): 217-234. Download
  • Dmanisi’s earliest human occupations dated to 1.85-1.78 Ma (Georgia): Tappen, Martha, Ferring, R., Oms, O., Agusti, J., Berna, F., Nioradze, M.Shelia, T., Tappen, M. Zhavania, D. and Lordkipanidze, D. , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , 108(26) 10432-10436, 2011. Download
  • Dmanisi’s earliest human occupations dated to 1.85-1.78 Ma (Georgia): Tappen, Martha, Ferring, R., Oms, O., Agusti, J., Berna, F., Nioradze, M.Shelia, T., Tappen, M. Zhavania, D. and Lordkipanidze, D. , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , 108(26) 10432-10436, 2011. Download
Awards
  • NSF: Analysis of the Vertebrate Taphonomy at Dmanisi, Georgia, and Its Bearing on Out of Africa I, 2010 - 2013
  • National Science Foundation: "Stratigraphy, Archaeology, Taphonomy and Paleoenvironments of the Early Pleistocene site of Dmanisi, Republic of Georgia." with Co-PIs Reid Ferring, Philip Rightmire, 2004 - 2005
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, 2003
  • L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, 2002
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota, 1998 - 2000