Participants

Jayne Wilkins, a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Cape Town, conducts research on the origins of early modern humans and on Stone Age weapons and tools. She is a graduate of the University of Calgary, where she earned two baccalaureate degrees and an M.A. in archaeology. She went on to receive a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 2013. After post-doctoral research at Arizona State University’s Institute of Human Origins as a (Canadian) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Fellow, she was appointed to her present position in 2015. Dr. Wilkins is the author of some twenty papers published in scientific journals and in volumes of collected works, among them (with Benjamin J. Schoville, Kyle S. Brown, and Michael Chazan) “Evidence for Early Hafted Hunting Technology,” which was published in the 16 November 2012 issue of Science, and (with Benjamin J. Schoville and Kyle S. Brown) “An Experimental Investigation of the Functional Hypothesis and Evolutionary Advantage of Stone-Tipped Spears,” which appeared in the 27 August 2014 issue of PLOS ONE. She recently initiated the North of Kuruman Project, a multi-site effort that investigates early modern human adaptations in the Kalahari Basin of South Africa.