The focus of research in LCHES is the integration of biological, anthropological and archaeological to the study of human evolution and diversity. We carry out research into the human past through archaeological and palaeontological fieldwork and the study of fossil hominins, prehistoric artefacts and past environments. We also work with living peoples, and explore their behaviour, culture and phenotype. We are interested in genetics, as a way of reading evolutionary history, gene-culture interactions, as well as looking at selection patterns and adaptation in humans. We are also interested in developing general models that can be used to set up testable hypotheses about human evolution and diversity.
Above all, we seek to foster an open and enquiring approach to human evolution, not discipline bound, seeking integration across the sciences - in the field, in the lab, and in the seminar room.