Niguss Baraki


Program: Human Paleobiology PhD

Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Advisor: David Braun

Current Research

Niguss is broadly interested in the biocultural evolution of humans with a specific focus on investigating the impact of stone tool use-over the Plio-Pleistocene time period-on morphological changes and adaptive strategies (ecological niche preferences). He also aspires to understand how humans’ adaptation to bipedalism could relate to morphological changes in the hand through time.  


BA (Archaeology and Heritage Management), 2012, Addis Ababa University
MA (Archaeology), 2015, Addis Ababa University


2019  David R. Braun, Vera Aldeias, Will Archer, J Ramon Arrowsmith, Niguss Baraki, Christopher J. Campisano, Alan L. Deino, Erin N. DiMaggio, Guillaume Dupont-Nivet, Blade Engda, David A. Feary, Dominique I. Garello, Zenash Kerfelew, Shannon P. McPherron, David B. Patterson, Jonathan S. Reeves, Jessica C. Thompson, and Kaye E. Reed. Earliest known Oldowan artifacts at>2.58 Ma from Ledi-Geraru, Ethiopia, highlight early technological diversity. PNAS, Vol. 116 (24):11712-11717. 

2017  Baraki, NG, Yemane Gebru, Tadele Solomon, Ariadne A. Thevendran, Milena Hauia and Mikael Fortelius. A Comparative Analysis on domestic goats (Capra hircus) from Turkwel and Ileret, Turkana Basin, Kenya, Presented at the 6th biennial International conference of Eastern African Association of Paleoanthropologists and Paleontologists, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.