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Sally Christine Reynolds

Principal Academic in Hominin Palaeoecology, Bournemouth University

We use remote sensing to characterise the behaviour of certain landscapes and wetlands over decadal time-scales. This research is indicating that certain wetland areas are able to buffer against the local drying trends and provide a degree of localised refuge from climatic extremes. This has important implications for how we view and understand palaeo-wetlands, like Olduvai Gorge, which hosted hominin species over many millennia.

I am using modern dental wear on human volunteers of known plants to create a record of distinctive tooth wear associated with African edible plants that hominin and ancient peoples may have used as part of their staple diet. Examples include Egyptian papyrus stalks and rhisomes (Cyperus papyrus).

We are currently modelling dispersals of hominin species within Africa, as well as exploring the predator-prey interactions, as evidenced by the fantastic ichnological record of White Sands National Park, New Mexico.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Hominin Palaeoecology, Bournemouth University


  • 2005 
    Liverpool John Moores University, Biological and Earth Sciences