Matt Sponheimer
(Ph.D. • Rutgers University • 1999)

HALE 347

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Sponheimer does research on the ecology of early hominins and associated fauna in Africa. He has also directed and co-directed several multi-disciplinary projects on the ecology of living mammals, both large and small, in South Africa.

Selected Publications:

  • Ungar, P. & Sponheimer, M. (2011). The Diets of Early Hominins. Science 334, 190-193.
  • Sponheimer, M., Codron, D., Passey, B., de Ruiter, D., Lee-Thorp, J. & Cerling, T. (2009). Using Carbon Isotopes to Track Dietary Change in Modern, Historical, and Ancient Primates. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140, 661-670.
  • Sponheimer, M. & Lee-Thorp, J.A. (2006). Enamel Diagenesis at South African Australopith Sites: Implications for Paleoecological Reconstruction with Trace Elements. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 70, 1644-1654.
  • Sponheimer, M., Passey, B., de Ruiter, D., Guatelli-Sternberg, D. Cerling, T. & Lee-Thorp, J. (2006). Isotopic Evidence for Dietary Flexibility in the Early Hominin Paranthropus robustus. Science 314, 980-982.
  • Sponheimer, M., Loudon, J.E.*, Codron, D., Howells, M.E.*, Pruetz, J.D. , Codron, J., de Ruiter, D. & Lee-Thorp, J.A. (2006). Do “Savanna” Chimpanzees Consume C4 resources? Journal of Human Evolution 51, 128-133.
  • Sponheimer, M., Lee-Thorp, J., DeRuiter, D, Smith, J., van der Merwe, N., Reed, K., Ayliffe, L., Heidelberger, C. & Marcus, W. (2003). Diets of Southern African Bovidae: The Stable Isotope Evidence. Journal of Mammalogy 84, 471-479.
  • Sponheimer, M., Robinson, T., Ayliffe, L., Roeder, B., Hammer, J., West, A., Passey, B., Cerling, T., Dearing, D. & Ehleringer, J. (2003). Nitrogen Isotopes in Mammalian Herbivores: Hair d15N Values from a Controlled-Feeding Study. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 13, 80-87.
  • Sarnecki, J. & Sponheimer, M. (2002). Why Neanderthals Hate Poetry: A Critical Notice of Steven Mithen’s The Prehistory of the Mind. Philosophical Psychology 15, 173-184.
  • Sponheimer, M. & Lee-Thorp, J.A. (1999). Isotopic Evidence for the Diet of an Early Hominid, Australopithecus africanus. Science 283, 368-370.
  • Sponheimer, M. & Lee-Thorp, J.A. (1999). Oxygen Isotopes in Enamel Carbonate and their Ecological Significance. Journal of Archaeological Science 26, 723-728.
  • Sponheimer, M. & Lee-Thorp, J.A. (1999). Alteration of Enamel Carbonate Environments during Fossilization. Journal of Archaeological Science 26, 143-150.