Simon Blockley

Dr Scott Blumenthal

Newton International Fellow

Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art
Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX1 3QY

Tel: +44 (0)1865 285203

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Research interests

Human evolution, palaeocology, palaeoclimate, African archaeology, stable isotopes.

My research is focused on understanding the interactions between environments and evolving humans, primates, and other mammals using stable isotopes. Complementary isotope studies of modern African ecosystems play an important role in my approach to paleoecology and paleoclimate. Ongoing projects are focused on the evolution of hominin and primate diets in Africa, Plio-Pleistocene paleoenvironments in eastern Africa, and ecology of modern and historical primates and other mammals. 


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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