Simon Blockley

Dr Scott Blumenthal

Postdoctoral Research Fellow; Junior Research Fellow Wadham College

School of Archaeology
1 South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3TG

Tel: +44 (0)1865 285209


Research interests

  • Human evolution
  • Ecology of early hominins
  • Paleoclimate
  • African Archaeology
  • Stable isotopes

Current Project

2017-present: “A diet for all seasons: the role of intra-annual variability in the evolution of hominin diet in East Africa” (NERC)


Manthi FK, Cerling TE, Chritz KL, Blumenthal SA (in press) Isotopes of the Kanapoi fauna as proxies for paleo-diets and environments. Journal of Human Evolution.

Blumenthal SA, Levin NE, Brown FH, Brugal J-P, Chritz KL, Harris JM, Jehle GE, Cerling TE (2017) Aridity and hominin environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 114:7331-7336

Roberts P, Blumenthal SA, Dittus W, Wedage O, Lee-Thorp JA (2017). Influence of species, seasonality, canopy density, height, and plant part stable isotope variation in a tropical forest: implications for interpreting primate ecology. American Journal of Primatology 79:e22656

Blumenthal SA, Rothman JM, Chritz KL, Cerling TE (2016) Stable isotopic variation in tropical forest plants for applications in primatology. American Journal of Primatology 78:1041-1054

Chritz KL, Blumenthal SA, Klingel H, Cerling TE. (2016). Hippopotamus (H. amphibius) diet change indicates herbaceous plant encroachment following megaherbivore population collapse. Scientific Reports 6:32807.

Tryon CA, Faith JT, Peppe DJ, Beverly E, Blegen N, Blumenthal SA, Chritz KL, Driese S, Patterson D, Sharp W (2016) Pleistocene prehistory of the Lake Victoria basin. Quaternary International 404:100-114.

Cerling TE, Andanje SA, Blumenthal SA, Brown FH, Chritz KL, Harris JM, Hart J, Kirera F, Kaleme P, Leakey LN, Leakey MG, Levin NE, Manthi FK, Passey BH, Uno KT (2015). Dietary changes of large herbivores in the Turkana Basin, Kenya from 4 to 1 million years ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 112:11467-11472.

Faith JT, Tryon CA, Peppe DJ, Beverly E, Blegen N, Blumenthal SA, Chritz KL, Driese SG, Patterson D (2015) Paleoenvironmental context of the Middle Stone Age record from Karungu, Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya, and its implications for human and faunal dispersals in East Africa. Journal of Human Evolution 83:28-45.

Blumenthal SA, Cerling TE, Chritz KL, Bromage TG, Kozdon R, Valley JW (2014) Stable isotope time-series in mammalian teeth: In situ 

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