Welcome to SAPalaeo.com!

This website has been established to provide resources about ongoing projects conducted by Justin W. Adams and colleagues on South African Neogene and Quaternary palaeontology.

Across these pages you will find descriptions of fossil localities, electronic datasets and databases, links to bibliographic resources, and descriptions of ongoing collaborative research projects. This website also includes information on accessing the recently generated database of non-hominin tomographic and surface scan datasets from the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History.

Justin in the Field
Dr. Justin W. Adams on a kopje near the Hennops River, South Africa

About Dr. Adams

Justin W. Adams, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Human Anatomy Education, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, Monash University in Clayton, Australia. Starting with his PhD research at the Gondolin hominin locality from 2002-2005, Dr. Adams has led fieldwork and the development of new palaeontological collections at multiple sites in and around the Cradle of Humankind UNESCO World Heritage Site.

His ongoing research projects address outstanding questions on the palaeobiology of Pliocene and early Pleistocene South African mammalian faunas and the taphonomy and palaeoecology of palaeocave sites.

As a member of the Centre and Department, Dr. Adams has established the integrated Morphology and Palaeontology lab (iMAP), bringing together the advanced 3D imaging-based resources employed at Monash University to the study of living and fossil mammal anatomy.

Download Dr. Adams CV

Interested in African palaeontology? Undertaking fieldwork in South Africa? Graduate school in Australia? Contact Dr. Adams to find out more about opportunities to study and collaborate!

Colleagues and Ongoing Collaborators

Dr. Andy I.R. Herries, La Trobe University - website

Dr. Anthony D.T. Kegley, Grand Valley State University, USA - website

Dr. Jason Hemingway, University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, RSA - website

Ms. Stephany Potze, Ditsong National Museum of Natural History - website

Mr. Lazarus Kgasi, Ditsong National Museum of Natural History - website

Dr. Lissa Tallman, Grand Valley State University, USA - website

Dr. Colin Menter, University of Johannesburg, RSA - website

Dr. James Brink, National Museum, RSA - website

Dr. Frank Sénégas, CNRS, France

Haasgat Crew
From Left to Right: Dr. Jason Hemingway, Mr. Lazarus Kgasi, Ms. Stephany Potze, and Dr. Justin W. Adams