Dr. Laurence Dumouchel’s research focuses on reconstructing the environmental conditions in which our ancestors evolved. Specifically, she works on Eastern African animal fossils associated with the environments of Australopithecus anamensis, an early bipedal hominin who lived about 4 million years ago. She is also interested in the study of the human diet in deep time. She is involved in several projects aiming to refine our understanding of the taphonomic traces (tooth marks, trampling, polishing, etc.) found recording and preserving evidence of behavior in the fossil record. Dr. Dumouchel is significantly involved in public outreach and science communication.



Academic Interests and Expertise
Paleoecology, Paleoanthropology, Taphonomy, Evolution of Diet, Faunal Analysis


  • Dumouchel L., Bobe R., Wynn J.G., Barr W.A. (In revision) Multi-proxy analysis of fossil Bovidae (Mammalia, Artiodactyla) from the Middle Pliocene Allia Bay, East Turkana, Kenya and implications for Australopithecus anamensis paleoecology. Journal of Human Evolution.
  • Pobiner B., Dumouchel L., Parkinson J., (In print)A blind test of a new semi-quantitative method for coding carnivore-inflicted bone damage with an application to modern lion-damaged bones. PALAIOS.
  • Dumouchel L. and Bobe R. (2020) Paleoecological implications of dental mesowear and hypsodonty in fossil ungulates from KanapoiJournal of Human Evolution, 102548
  • Drapeau M.S.M., Bobe R., Wynn J.G., Campisano C.J., Dumouchel L. and Geraads D. (2014) The Omo Mursi Formation: A window into the East African Pliocene, Journal  of Human Evolution, 75
Additional Information
  • 2018, Ph. D. Human Paleobiology, The George Washington University
  • 2016, M. Phil. Human Paleobiology, The George Washington University
  • 2013, M. Sc. Biological Anthropology, University of Montreal (Canada)
  • 2008-2011,  B. Sc. - Anthropology, University of Montreal (Canada)