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Jackson Njau

Representative Publications

McHenry, L.J., Njau, J.K., de la Torre, I., Pante, M.C. In Press. Geochemical "fingerprints" for Olduvai Gorge Bed II tuffs and implications for the Oldowan–Acheulean transition. Quaternary Research. DOI

Habermann, J., Stanistreet I.G., Stollhofen, H, Albert, R.M., Bamford, M.K., Pante, M., Njau, J.K., Masao, F.T. 2016. In situ ˜2.0 Ma trees discovered as fossil rooted stumps, lowermost Bed I, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Journal of Human Evolution 90:74-87.

Hlusko, L.J., Reiner, W.R. and Njau, J.K. 2015. A one-million-year-old hominid distal ulna from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. DOI

McHenry, L.J., Njau, J.K., de la Torre, I., Pante, M.C., In Press. Geochemical "fingerprints" for Olduvai Gorge Bed II tuffs and implications for the Oldowan–Acheulean transition. Quaternary Research. DOI

Habermann, J., Stanistreet I.G., Stollhofen, H, Albert, R.M., Bamford, M.K., Pante, M., Njau, J.K., Masao, F.T. 2016. In situ ˜2.0 Ma trees discovered as fossil rooted stumps, lowermost Bed I, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Journal of Human Evolution 90:74-87.

Hlusko, L.J., Reiner, W.R. and Njau. J.K. 2015. A one-million-year-old hominid distal ulna from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 158, 36-42. DOI

Njau, J.K. 2014. Olduvai Gorge Archaeological Site. C. Smith (ed.), Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, DOI

Masao, F.T., Anton, S., Njau, J.K. 2013. Results of recent investigations of the Oldowan and associated hominid remains at the DK site, Olduvai Gorge. Travaux du Centre National de Recherches Préhistoriques, Anthropologiques et Historiques. Nouvelle série 18, Pp.147-187. DOI

Njau, J.K. 2012. Reading Bones in Pliocene. Science 336:46-47.

Njau, J.K. and Blumenschine, R.J. 2012. Crocodylian and Mammalian Carnivore Feeding Traces on Hominin Fossils from FLK 22 and FLK NN 3, Late Pliocene, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Journal of Human Evolution 63:408-417.

Blumenschine, R.J., Stanistreet, I.G., Njau, J.K., Bamford, M.K., Masao, F.T., Albert, R.M., Stollhofen, H., Andrews, P., Prassak, K.A., McHenry, L.J., Fernandez-Jalvo, Y., Camilli, E.L., Ebert, J. 2012. Environments and Hominin Activities across FLK Peninsula During Zinjanthropus Times (1.84 Ma), Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Journal of Human Evolution 63:364-383.

Torre, I., McHenry, L.J., Njau, J.K., Pante, M. 2012. The Origins of the Acheulean at Olduvai Gorge. Archaeology International 15:89-98.

Ungar, P.S., Krueger, K.L., Blumenschine, R.J., Njau, J.K., Scott, R.S. 2012. Dental microwear texture analysis of hominins recovered by the Olduvai Landscape Paleoanthropology Project, 1995-2007. Journal of Human Evolution 63:429-437.

Renne, P. R., Mulcahy, S.R., Cassata, W.S., Morgan, L.E., Kelley, S.P., Hlusko, L.J., Njau, J.K. 2012. Retention of inherited Ar by alkali feldspar xenocrysts in a magma: Kinetic constraints from Ba zoning profiles. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 93:129–142.

Blumenschine, R.J., Masao, F.T., Stollhofen, H., Stanistreet, I.G., Bamford, M.K., Albert, R.M., Njau, J.K., Prassack, K.A. 2012. Landscape distribution of Oldowan stone artifact assemblages across the fault compartments of the eastern Olduvai Lake Basin during early lowermost Bed II times. J Hum. Evolution 63:384-394.

Westaway, M., Thompson, J., Wood, W., Njau, J.K. Crocodile ecology and the taphonomy of early Australasian sites. Environmental Archaeology 16:124-136.

Njau, J.K. and Hlusko, L.J. Fine-Tuning Paleoanthropological Reconnaissance using High-Resolution Satellite Imagery: The Discovery of 28 New Sites in Tanzania. Journal of Human Evolution 59:680-684.

Brochu, C.A., Njau, J.K., Blumenschine, R.J., Densmore, L.D. A New Horned Crocodile From Plio-Pleistocene Hominid Sites at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. PLoS One 5(2), e9333.

Louchart, A., Wesselman, H., Blumenschine, R.J., Hlusko, L.J., Njau, J.K., Black, M.T., Asnake, M., White, T.D. 2009. Taphonomic, Avian, and Small Vertebrate Indicators of Ardipithecus ramidus Habitat. Science 326:66.

Blumenschine, R.J., Peters, C.R., Capaldo, S.D., Andrews, P., Njau, J.K., Pobiner, B.L. 2007. Vertebrate taphonomic perspectives on Oldowan hominin land use in the Plio-Pleistocene Olduvai Basin, Tanzania. In: Breathing Life into Fossils: Taphonomic Studies in Honor of C.K. Brain (T. Pickering, K. Schick, N. Toth eds.). Gosport, IN: Stone Age Institute Press. Pp. 161-179.

Njau, J.K. and Blumenschine, R.J. 2006. A Diagnosis of Crocodile Damage to Large Vertebrate Bones, With Fossil Examples From Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Journal of Human Evolution 50:142-162.

Blumenschine, R.J., Peters, C.R., Masao, F.T., Clarke, R.J., Deino, A.L., Hay, R.L., Swisher, C., Ashley, G.M., McHenry, L.J., Sikes, N.E., van der Merwe, N.J., Tactikos, J.C., Cushing, A.E., Deocampo, D.M., Njau, J.K., Ebert, J.I. 2003. Late Pliocene Homo and Hominid Land Use from Western Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Science 299:1217-1221.

Abstracts

Njau, J.K., Stanistreet, I., McHenry, L.J., Stollhofen, H., Schick. K., Toth. N. 2015. New investigations on hominin paleolandscapes, paleoenvironments and paleoclimates through scientific drilling at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Geological Society of America, Baltimore, MD.

Johnson, C.C, Njau, J.K., Van Damme, D., Schick, K., Toth, N. 2015. Paleoecology of fossil molluscan bivalves, Bed III, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Geological Society of America, Baltimore, MD.

Yohler, R.M., Njau, J.K. and Brophy, J.G. A geophysical approach to understanding the Olduvai Gorge Basin subsurface: Using magnetics to track Bed I basalt flows. Geological Society of America, Baltimore, MD.

Swartz, S.M and Njau, J.K. 3D Modeling off-grid: Photogrammetry as a field resource for creating polygonal models of fossil material at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Geological Society of America, Baltimore, MD.

McHenry, L.J., Njau, J.K., Torre, I., Pante, M. 2015. Detailed stratigraphic correlations across the Pleistocene Olduvai basin, northern Tanzania, at the Oldowan-Acheulean technological transition. Geological Society of America, Baltimore, MD.

Ascari, S.H. and Njau, J.K. Isotopic analyses of fossil bones and teeth of herbivores and crocodiles from Pleistocene Olduvai Basin, Tanzania. Geological Society of America, Baltimore, MD.

Kearney, J., Johnson, C.C., Njau, J.K. Reconstructing paleoenvironments to determine ecological evolutionary drivers for Homo erectus during Beds III-IV times, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Geological Society of America, Baltimore, MD.

Freeman, K.H., Doman, C., Colcord, D., Brassell, S.C., Njau, J.K., Stanistreet, I., Schick, K., Toth, N. 2015. Biomarker signatures of fire and grassland-forest transitions associated with hominins at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Geological Society of America, Baltimore, MD.

Njau, J.K., Pante, M., McHenry, L.J., de la Torre, I. 2014. Paleoenvironments of Bed II Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Berlin, Germany.