Dr. Jennifer Parkinson is a zooarchaeologist and paleoanthropologist interested in the archaeological record related to human diet and evolution. Her research is focused on the behavioral ecology of Plio-Pleistocene hominins in East Africa. Specifically, her work has examined the importance of meat in the diet of early genus Homo. Jennifer has conducted fieldwork in East Africa for over 20 years, where she is a member of the Homa Peninsula Paleoanthropological Project in Kenya. Currently, she leads the Albertine Rift Paleoanthropology Project exploring fossil sites documenting evidence for hominin evolution and environments outside the better-known East African Rift. Jennifer is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University San Diego. She has held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of South Carolina, and is a National Geographic Explorer.
Pobiner, B., Dumouchel, L., Parkinson, J. (2020). A blind test of a new semi-quantitative method for coding carnivore-inflicted bone damage with an application to modern African lion-damaged bones. Palaios 35: 302-315.
Sutton, M.Q., Parkinson, J.A., Rosen, M.D. (2019). Observations regarding the Cerutti Mastodon. PaleoAmerica 5(1): 8-15.
Parkinson, J.A. (2018). Revisiting the hunting-versus-scavenging debate at FLK Zinj: A GIS spatial analysis of bone surface modifications produced by hominins and carnivores in the FLK 22 assemblage, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 511:29-51.
Kapoor, V., Antonelli, T., Parkinson, J.A., Hartstone-Rose, A. (2016). Oral health correlates of captivity. Research in Veterinary Science 107: 213-219.
Hartstone-Rose, A., Parkinson, J.A., Criste, T., Perry, J.M.G. (2015). Brief Communication: Comparing apples and oranges - the influence of food mechanical properties on ingestive bite sizes in lemurs. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 157: 513-518.
Parkinson, J.A., Plummer, T., Hartstone-Rose, A. (2015). Characterizing felid tooth marking and gross bone damage patterns using GIS image analysis: a report on an experimental feeding study with large felids. Journal of Human Evolution 80: 114-134.
Parkinson, J.A., Plummer, T.W., Bose, R. (2014). A GIS-based approach to documenting large canid damage to bones. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 409: 57-71.