Jennifer Parkinson, PhD

Jennifer Parkinson
Phone: (619) 260-7838
Fax: (619) 260-2267
Office: Saints Tekakwitha & Serra Hall 218D

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

  • PhD, City University of New York, Graduate Center & New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology
  • M.Phil., University of Cambridge
  • BA, University of Washington

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. She is also interested in taphonomy and has conducted experimental modeling of carnivore and hominin bone surface damage. She is a member of the Homa Peninsula Paleoanthropological Project, and conducts fieldwork in Kenya and Uganda. Before coming to USD, Dr. Parkinson held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of South Carolina. She is also currently a Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Areas of Expertise

Paleoanthropology, zooarchaeology, taphonomy, paleoecology, environmental context of human evolution, early hominin diet and habitat use, East Africa

Scholarly Work

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

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.

Delaney-Rivera, C., Plummer, T.W., Hodgson, J.A., Forrest, F., Hertel, F., Oliver, J.S. (2009). Pits and
pitfalls: taphonomic variability and patterning in tooth mark dimensions. Journal of Archaeological
Science 36: 2597-2608.

Hodgson, J.A., Allmon, W.D., Nester, P.L., Sherpa, P.L., Chiment, J.J. (2008). Comparative osteology of
Late Pleistocene mammoth and mastodon remains from the Watkins Glen Site, Chemung
County, New York. Palaeontographica Americana 61:301-367.

Hodgson, J.A., Allmon, W.D., Sherpa, J.M., Nester, P.L. (2008). Geology and taphonomy of the North
Java mastodon site, Wyoming County, New York. Palaeontographica Americana 61:385-415.

Areas of Interest

Biological Anthropology

Human Evolution

Modern Human Variation