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September 25, 2019 at 3:08 pm

Leakey Foundation Grant Helps Curran Search for Rare Primate Evidence in Romania

From left, Sabrina Curran (Ohio University), Alex Petculescu (Emil Racoviţa Institute of Speleology), Claire Terhune (University of Ark) excavating a mammoth on a hillside om Romania.

From left, Sabrina Curran (Ohio University), Alex Petculescu (Emil Racoviţa Institute of Speleology), Claire Terhune (University of Arkansas) excavating a mammoth in Romania. Curran and her team went to Romania to work at the Emil Racoviţa Institute of Speleology.

Dr. Sabrina Curran, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Ohio University, received a grant from the Leakey Foundation that helps fund her work on a site in Romania.

Curran and her team went to Romania in July and will return again next summer to look for traces of a rare primate (Paradolichopithecus) and possible hominin activity. They also will try to reconstruct past environments, and to figure out how all the bones became part of the fossil record.

From left, Ashly Romero (University of Arkansas), Chris Robinson (Bronx College), Lars Werdelin (Swedish Museum of Natural History), Virgil Dragusin (Emil Racoviţa Institute of Speleology), Claire Terhune (University of Ark)

From left, Ashly Romero (University of Arkansas), Chris Robinson (Bronx College), Lars Werdelin (Swedish Museum of Natural History), Virgil Dragusin (Emil Racoviţa Institute of Speleology), Claire Terhune (University of Arkansas) in 2019.

From left: Sabrina Curran (OHIO), Claire Terhune (University of Arkansas) working in the Institute of Speleology (Bucharest, Romania, 2019)

The $22,961 Leakey grant was to study the fossils that had already been excavated from various sites in the Oltet River Valley of central Romania dating to the Early Pleistocene, a project on “Taphonomy and chronology of Pleistocene fossil sites in central Romania.”

The researchers discovered the site in Râpa, Romania in 2012.

Sabrina Curran (OU) examining a fossil at the site discovered in Râpa, Romania (2012).

 

 

 

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