Stephanie Musgrave

Asst. Professor

(515) 770-9671
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Stephanie Musgrave is a biological anthropologist interested in the evolutionary origins of culture and technology. Her research focuses on the social, cognitive, and ecological underpinnings of primate tool use. Stephanie is particularly interested in understanding what factors shape the diverse tool traditions of wild chimpanzees through the study of long-term data on the ontogeny and maintenance of complex tool behaviors among chimpanzees in Central Africa. Insights from this research can help illuminate how tool traditions persist among wild apes over time, which is essential for improving models of the evolution of human material culture.