Dr J. Tyler Faith
Dr J. Tyler Faith

Phone: (+61 7) 336 53314
Fax: (+61 7) 336 51544

Room 303, Level 3,
Michie Building (#9), St Lucia Campus


PhD (Hominid Paleobiology) The George Washington University (USA)
BA (Anthropology) University of Washington (USA)

Professional Activities:

Member – International Council for Archaeozoology
Member – Paleoanthropology Society
Member – East African Association of Paleoanthropology and Palaeontology
Member – Society of Vertebrate Paleontology


National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow, Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology, The George Washington University, 2008-2011
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology, The George Washington University, 2005-2007
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Research Student, 2005-2010

Research Interests:
  • Quaternary paleoecology of Africa
  • Quaternary megafaunal extinctions
  • Modern human origins
  • Conservation Paleozoology
  • Zooarchaeology & Taphonomy

Please follow this link to find out more about Dr Faith’s research profile.


Faith, J.T. (2014) Late Pleistocene and Holocene mammal extinctions on continental Africa. Earth-Science Reviews 128:105-121

Patterson, D.B., Faith, J.T., Bobe, R., Wood, B.A. (2014) Regional diversity patterns in African bovids, hyaenids and felids during the past 3 million years: the role of taphonomic bias and implication for the evolution of Paranthropus. Quaternary Science Reviews 96:9-22.

Tryon, C.A., Faith, J.T., Peppe, D.J., Keegan, W.F., Jenkins, K.H., Nightingale, S., Patterson, D., Van Plantinga, A., Driese, S., Johnson, C.R., Beverly, E. (2014) Sites on the landscape: paleoenvironmental context of late Pleistocene archaeological sites from the Lake Victoria Basin, equatorial East Africa. Quaternary International 331:20-30.

Faith, J.T., Tryon, C.A., Peppe, D.J., Beverly, E.J., and Blegen, N. (2014) Biogeographic and evolutionary implications of an extinct late Pleistocene impala from the Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 21:213-222

Tryon, C.A., Faith, J.T. (2013) Variability in the Middle Stone Age of Eastern Africa. Current Anthropology 54:S234-S254.

Faith, J.T. (2013) Taphonomic and paleoecological change in the large mammal sequence from Boomplaas Cave, Western Cape, South Africa. Journal of Human Evolution 65:715-730

Faith, J.T., and Thompson, J.C. (2013) Fossil evidence for seasonal calving and migration of extinct blue antelope (Hippotragus leucophaeus) in southern Africa. Journal of Biogeography 40:2108-2118

Faith, J.T., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (2013) Climate change and faunal turnover: testing the mechanics of the turnover-pulse hypothesis with South African fossil data. Paleobiology 39:609-627

Wroe, S., Field, J., Archer, M., Grayson, D.K., Price, G.J., Louys, J., Faith, J.T., Webb, G.E., Davidson, I., and Mooney, S. (2013) Climate change frames debate over the extinction of megafauna in Sahul (Pleistocene Australia-New Guinea). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110:8777-8781

Faith, J.T. (2013) Ungulate diversity and precipitation history since the Last Glacial Maximum in the Western Cape, South Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews 68:191-199

Faith, J.T., Tryon, C.A., Peppe, D.J. and Fox, D.L. (2013) The fossil history of Grévy’s zebra (Equus grevyi) in equatorial East Africa. Journal of Biogeography 40:359-369

Faith, J.T., Potts, R., Plummer, T.W., Bishop, L.C., Marean, C.W., and Tryon, C.A. (2012) New perspectives on middle Pleistocene change in the large mammal faunas of East Africa: Damaliscus hypsodon sp. nov. (Mammalia Artiodactyla) from Lainyamok, Kenya. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 361-362:84-93

Faith, J.T. (2012) Palaeozoological insights into management options for a threatened mammal: southern Africa’s Cape mountain zebra (Equus zebra zebra). Diversity and Distributions 18:438-447

Tryon, CA., Peppe, D.J., Faith, J.T., Van Plantinga, A., Nightingale, S., Ogondo, J, and Fox, D.L. (2012) Late Pleistocene artefacts and fauna from Rusinga and Mfangano islands, Lake Victoria, Kenya. Azania 47:14-38

Faith, J.T., and O’Connell, J.F. (2011) Revisiting the late Pleistocene mammal extinction record at Tight Entrance Cave, southwestern Australia. Quaternary Research 76:397-400

Faith, J.T. (2011) Late Pleistocene climate change, nutrient cycling, and the megafaunal extinctions in North America. Quaternary Science Reviews 30:1675-1680

Faith, J.T. (2011) Ungulate community richness, grazer extinctions, and human subsistence behavior in southern Africa’s Cape Floral Region. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 306:219-227

Faith, J.T., Choiniere, J.N., Tryon, C.A., Peppe, D.J., and Fox, D.L. (2011) Taxonomic status and paleoecology of Rusingoryx atopocranion (Mammalia, Artiodactyla), an extinct Pleistocene bovid from Rusinga Island, Kenya. Quaternary Research 75:697-707

Faith, J.T. (2011) Ungulate biogeography, statistical methods, and the proficiency of Middle Stone Age hunters. Journal of Human Evolution 60:315-317

Faith, J.T. (2011) Late Quaternary dietary shifts of the Cape grysbok (Raphicerus melanotis) in southern Africa. Quaternary Research 75:159-165

Tryon, C.A., Faith, J.T., Peppe, D.J., Fox, D.L., McNulty, K.P., Jenkins, K., Dunsworth, H., and Harcourt-Smith, W. (2010) The Pleistocene archaeology and environments of the Wasiriya Beds, Rusinga Island, Kenya. Journal of Human Evolution 59:657-671

Faith, J.T., and Surovell, T.A. (2009) Synchronous extinction of North America’s Pleistocene mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106:20641-20645

Faith, J.T., Domínguez-Rodrigo, M., and Gordon, A.D. (2009) Long-distance carcass transport at Olduvai Gorge? A quantitative examination of Bed I skeletal element abundances. Journal of Human Evolution 56:247-256

Faith, J.T. (2008) Eland, buffalo, and wild pigs: were Middle Stone Age humans ineffective hunters? Journal of Human Evolution 55:24-36

Faith, J.T., Marean, C.W., and Behrensmeyer, A.K. (2007) Carnivore competition, bone destruction, and bone density. Journal of Archaeological Science 34:2025-2034

Faith, J.T. (2007) Changes in reindeer body part representation at Grotte XVI, Dordogne, France. Journal of Archaeological Science 34:2003-2011

Faith, J.T. (2007) Sources of variation in carnivore tooth-mark frequencies in a modern spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) den assemblage, Amboseli Park, Kenya. Journal of Archaeological Science 34:1601-1609

Faith, J.T., and Gordon, A.D. (2007) Skeletal element abundances in archaeofaunal assemblages: economic utility, sample size, and assessment of carcass transport strategies. Journal of Archaeological Science 34:872-882

Faith, J.T., and Behrensmeyer, A.K. (2006) Changing patterns of carnivore modification in a landscape bone assemblage, Amboseli Park, Kenya. Journal of Archaeological Science 33:1718-1733. 

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