John Tyler Faith portrait
  • Curator of Archaeology, Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department

Publications

  • Potts, R., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Faith, J.T., Tryon, C.A., Brooks, A.S., Yellen, J.E., Deino, A.L., Kinyanjui, R., Clark, J.B., Haradon, C., Levin, N.E., Meijer, H.J.M., Veatch, E.G., Owen, R.B., Renaut, R.W. (2018) Environmental dynamics during the onset of the Middle Stone Age in eastern Africa. Science. Published, 03/15/2018.
  • Faith, J.T. (In Press) We need to critically evaluate our assumptions: reply to Blumenthal et al. (2018). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Accepted, 02/20/2018.
  • Faith J. (2018). Paleodietary change and its implications for aridity indices derived from δ18O of herbivore tooth enamel. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Vol. 490, 571-578. Published, 01/15/2018.
  • Norman K., Inglis J., Clarkson C., Faith J., Shulmeister J. & Harris D. (2018). An early colonisation pathway into northwest Australia 70-60,000 years ago. (pp. 229-239). Vol. 180, Quaternary Science Reviews. Published, 01/15/2018.
  • Chase B., Faith J., Mackay A., Chevalier M., Carr A., Boom A., Lim S. & Reimer P. (2018). Climatic controls on Later Stone Age human adaptation in Africa's southern Cape. (pp. 35-44). Vol. 114, Journal of Human Evolution. Published, 01/01/2018.
  • Faith, J.T., Thompson, J.C. (2018) Low-survival skeletal elements track attrition, not carcass transport behavior in Quaternary large mammal assemblages. In: Giovas, C.M., LeFebre, M. (Eds.) Zooarchaeology in Practice: Case Studies in Methodology and Interpretation in Archaeofaunal Analysis. Springer. Pages 109-126. Published, 01/01/2018.
  • Beverly E. & , Peppe D., Driese S., Blegen N., Faith J., Tryon C., & Stinchcomb G. (2017). Reconstruction of Late Pleistocene paleoenvironments using bulk geochemistry of paleosols from the Lake Victoria Region. Frontiers in Earth Sciences. Vol. 5, 93. Published, 11/21/2017.
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  • Faith, J.T. & Lyman, R.L. (2017). Paleozoology and Paleoenvironments: Fundamentals, Assumptions, Techniques. Cambridge University Press. Accepted, 11/10/2017.
  • Blegen N., Faith J., Mant-Melville A., Peppe D., Tryon C. (2017) The East African MIddle Stone Age after 50,000 years ago: new evidence from Late Pleistocene sediments of the eastern Lake Victoria Basin, Nyanza Province, Western Kenya. (pp. 139-169). Vol. 2017. Paleoanthropology. Published, 10/01/2017.
  • Thompson J., Faith J., Cleghorn N. & Hodgkins J. (2017). Identifying the accumulator: Making the most of bone surface modification data. (pp. 105-113). Vol. 85, Journal of Archaeological Science. Published, 09/01/2017.
  • Faith J., Dortch J., Jones C., Shulmeister J. & Travouillon K. (2017). Large mammal species richness and late Quaternary precipitation change in south-western Australia. (pp. 760-769). Vol. 32, Journal of Quaternary Science. Published, 08/01/2017.
  • Grine F., Marean C., Faith J., Black W., Mongle C., Trinkaus E., le Roux S. & du Plessis A. (2017). Further human fossils from the Middle Stone Age deposits of Die Kelders Cave 1, Western Cape Province, South Africa. (pp. 70-78). Vol. 109, Journal of Human Evolution. Published, 08/01/2017.
  • Dighton A., Fairbairn A., Bourke S., Faith J. & Habgood P. (2017). Bronze Age olive domestication in the north Jordan valley: new morphological evidence for regional complexity in early arboricultural practice from Pella in Jordan. (pp. 403-413). Vol. 26, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. Published, 07/01/2017.
  • Jenkins K., Nightingale S., Faith J., Peppe D., Michel L., Driese S., McNulty K. & Tryon C. (2017). Evaluating the potential for tactical hunting in the Middle Stone Age: Insights from a bonebed of the extinct bovid, Rusingoryx atopocranion. (pp. 72-91). Vol. 108, Journal of Human Evolution. Published, 07/01/2017.
  • Wright N., Fairbairn A., Üstünkaya M. & Faith J. (2017). Explaining changing patterns of wood presence across the Bronze and Iron Age at Kaman-Kalehöyük, central Anatolia. (pp. 90-102). Vol. 431, Quaternary International. Published, 02/28/2017.
  • Faith, J & Du, A. (2017). The measurement of taxonomic evenness in zooarchaeology. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. Published, 01/21/2017.
  • Lyons S., Miller J., Amatangel K., Behrensmeyer A., Bercovici A., Blois J., Davis M., DiMichele W., Du A., Eronen J., Faith J., Graves G., Jud N., Labandeira C., Looy C., McGill B., Patterson D., Pineda-Munoz S., Potts R., Riddle B., Terry R., Tóth A., Ulrich W., Villaseñor A., Wing S., Anderson H., Anderson J. & Gotelli N. (2016). Holocene shifts in the assembly of plant and animal communities implicate human impacts (pp. 80-83). Vol. 529, Nature. Published, 12/16/2016.
  • Blegen N., Brown F., Jicha B., Binetti K., Faith J., Ferraro J., Gathogo P., Richardson J. & Tryon C. (2016). The Menengai Tuff: A 36 ka widespread tephra and its chronological relevance to Late Pleistocene human evolution in East Africa. (pp. 152-168). Vol. 152, Quaternary Science Reviews. Published, 11/15/2016.
  • Sealy J., Lee-Thorp J., Loftus E., Faith J. & Marean C. (2016). Late Quaternary environmental change in the Southern Cape, South Africa, from stable carbon and oxygen isotopes in faunal tooth enamel from Boomplaas Cave. (pp. 919-927). Vol. 31, Journal of Quaternary Science. Published, 11/01/2016.
  • Tryon C. & Faith J. (2016). A demographic perspective on the middle to later stone age transition from nasera rockshelter, Tanzania. Vol. 371, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Published, 07/05/2016.
  • Weisler M., Bolhar R., Charleux M., Faith J., Feng Y. & Pierre E. (2016). Determining the geochemical variability of fine-grained basalt sources/quarries for facilitating prehistoric interaction studies in Polynesia. (pp. 158-167). Vol. 51, Archaeology in Oceania. Published, 07/01/2016.
  • Faith J., Patterson D., Blegen N., O'Neill C., Marean C., Peppe D. & Tryon C. (2016). Size variation in Tachyoryctes splendens (East African mole-rat) and its implications for late Quaternary temperature change in equatorial East Africa. (pp. 39-48). Vol. 140, Quaternary Science Reviews. Published, 05/15/2016.
  • Robinson J., Rowan J., Faith J. & Fleagle J. (2016). Paleoenvironmental change in the late Middle Pleistocene-Holocene Kibish Formation, southern Ethiopia: Evidence from ungulate isotopic ecology. (pp. 50-59). Vol. 450, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Published, 05/15/2016.
  • Lesur J., Faith J., Bon F., Dessie A., Ménard C. & Bruxelles L. (2016). Paleoenvironmental and biogeographic implications of terminal Pleistocene large mammals from the Ziway-Shala Basin, Main Ethiopian Rift, Ethiopia. (pp. 567-579). Vol. 449, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Published, 05/01/2016.
  • O'Brien H., Faith J., Jenkins K., Peppe D., Plummer T., Jacobs Z., Li B., Joannes-Boyau R., Price G., Feng Y. & Tryon C. (2016). Unexpected convergent evolution of nasal domes between pleistocene bovids and cretaceous hadrosaur dinosaurs. (pp. 503-508). Vol. 26, Current Biology. Published, 02/22/2016.
  • Faith, J.T., Tryon, C.A., Peppe, D.J. (2016) Environmental change, ungulate biogeography, and their implications for early human dispersals in equatorial East Africa. In: Jones, S.C., Stewart, B.A. (Eds.) Africa from MIS 6-2: Population Dynamics and Paleoenvironments. Springer. Pages 233-245. Published, 01/01/2016.
  • Beverly E., Driese S., Peppe D., Arellano L., Blegen N., Faith J. & Tryon C. (2015). Reconstruction of a semi-arid late Pleistocene paleocatena from the Lake Victoria region, Kenya. (pp. 368-381). Vol. 84, Quaternary Research. Published, 11/01/2015.
  • Potts R. & Faith J. (2015). Alternating high and low climate variability: The context of natural selection and speciation in Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution. (pp. 5-20). Vol. 87, Journal of Human Evolution. Published, 10/01/2015.
  • Blegen N., Tryon C., Faith J., Peppe D., Beverly E., Li B. & Jacobs Z. (2015). Distal tephras of the eastern Lake Victoria basin, equatorial East Africa: Correlations, chronology and a context for early modern humans. (pp. 89-111). Vol. 122, Quaternary Science Reviews. Published, 08/05/2015.
  • Faith J., Tryon C., Peppe D., Beverly E., Blegen N., Blumenthal S., Chritz K., Driese S. & Patterson D. (2015). Paleoenvironmental context of the Middle Stone Age record from Karungu, Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya, and its implications for human and faunal dispersals in East Africa. Vol. 83, Journal of Human Evolution. Published, 06/01/2015.
  • Garrett N., Fox D., McNulty K., Faith J., Peppe D., Van Plantinga A. & Tryon C. (2015). Stable isotope paleoecology of Late Pleistocene Middle Stone Age humans from the Lake Victoria basin, Kenya. (pp. 1-14). Vol. 82, Journal of Human Evolution. Published, 05/01/2015.
  • Tryon C., Crevecoeur I., Faith J., Ekshtain R., Nivens J., Patterson D., Mbua E. & Spoor F. (2015). Late Pleistocene age and archaeological context for the hominin calvaria from GvJm-22 (Lukenya Hill, Kenya). (pp. 2682-2687). Vol. 112, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Published, 03/03/2015.
  • Wright N., Fairbairn A., Faith J. & Matsumura K. (2015). Woodland modification in Bronze and Iron age central Anatolia: An anthracological signature for the Hittite state?. (pp. 219-230). Vol. 55, Journal of Archaeological Science. Published, 03/01/2015.
  • Louys J. & Faith J. (2015). Phylogenetic topology mapped onto dietary ecospace reveals multiple pathways in the evolution of the herbivorous niche in African Bovidae. (pp. 140-154). Vol. 53, Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. Published, 01/01/2015.
  • Patterson D., Faith J., Bobe R. & Wood B. (2014). Regional diversity patterns in African bovids, hyaenids, and felids during the past 3 million years: The role of taphonomic bias and implications for the evolution of Paranthropus. (pp. 9-22). Vol. 96, Quaternary Science Reviews. Published, 07/15/2014.
  • Tryon C., Faith J., Peppe D., Keegan W., Keegan K., Jenkins K., Nightingale S., Patterson D., Van Plantinga A., Driese S., Johnson C. & Beverly E. (2014). Sites on the landscape: Paleoenvironmental context of late Pleistocene archaeological sites from the Lake Victoria basin, equatorial East Africa. (pp. 20-30). Vol. 331, Quaternary International. Published, 05/08/2014.
  • Faith J. (2014). Late Pleistocene and Holocene mammal extinctions on continental Africa. Earth-Science Reviews. Vol. 128, 105-121. Published, 01/01/2014.
  • Faith J.T. (2014) North American terminal Pleistocene extinctions: current views. In: Smith, C. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer, New York. Pages 5426-5435. Published, 01/01/2014.
  • Blois J., Gotelli N., Behrensmeyer A., Faith J., Lyons S., Williams J., Amatangelo K., Bercovici A., Du A., Eronen J., Graves G., Jud N., Labandeira C., Looy C., Mcgill B., Patterson D., Potts R., Riddle B., Terry R., Tóth A., Villaseñor A. & Wing S. (2014). A framework for evaluating the influence of climate, dispersal limitation, and biotic interactions using fossil pollen associations across the late Quaternary. (pp. 1095-1108). Vol. 37, Ecography. Published, 01/01/2014.
  • Faith J., Tryon C., Peppe D., Beverly E. & Blegen N. (2014). Biogeographic and Evolutionary Implications of an Extinct Late Pleistocene Impala from the Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya. (pp. 213-222). Vol. 21, Journal of Mammalian Evolution. Published, 01/01/2014.
  • Wroe S., Field J., Archer M., Grayson D., Price G., Louys J., Faith J., Webb G., Davidson I. & Mooney S. (2013). Reply to Brook et al: No empirical evidence for human overkill of megafauna in Sahul. Vol. 110, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Published, 09/03/2013.
  • Wroe S., Field J., Archer M., Grayson D., Price G., Louys J., Faith J., Webb G., Davidson I. & Mooney S. (2013). Climate change frames debate over the extinction of megafauna in Sahul (Pleistocene australia-new guinea). (pp. 8777-8781). Vol. 110. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Published, 05/28/2013.
  • Faith J. (2013). Ungulate diversity and precipitation history since the Last Glacial Maximum in the Western Cape, South Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews. Vol. 68, 191-199. Published, 05/05/2013.
  • Faith J., Tryon C., Peppe D. & Fox D. (2013). The fossil history of Grévy's zebra (Equus grevyi) in equatorial East Africa. (pp. 359-369). Vol. 40, Journal of Biogeography. Published, 02/01/2013.
  • Faith J. (2013). Taphonomic and paleoecological change in the large mammal sequence from Boomplaas Cave, western Cape, South Africa. Journal of Human Evolution. Vol. 65, 715-730. Published, 01/01/2013.
  • Faith J. & Behrensmeyer A. (2013). Climate change and faunal turnover: Testing the mechanics of the turnover-pulse hypothesis with South African fossil data. (pp. 609-627). Vol. 39, Paleobiology. Published, 01/01/2013.
  • Faith J., Potts R., Plummer T., Bishop L., Marean C. & Tryon C. (2012). New perspectives on middle Pleistocene change in the large mammal faunas of East Africa: Damaliscus hypsodon sp. nov. (Mammalia, Artiodactyla) from Lainyamok, Kenya. (pp. 84-93). Vol. 361-362, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Published, 11/15/2012.
  • Faith J. (2012). Palaeozoological insights into management options for a threatened mammal: Southern Africa's Cape mountain zebra (Equus zebra zebra). Diversity and Distributions. Vol. 18, 438-447. Published, 05/01/2012.
  • Faith J. (2012). Conservation implications of fossil roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus) in Southern Africa’s Cape Floristic Region. (pp. 239-251). Paleontology in Ecology and Conservation. Published, 01/01/2012.
  • Faith J. (2012). The 1950 excavation of OpD by Adan Treganza. (pp. 9-19). Is It a House? Archaeological Excavations at English Camp, San Juan Island, Washington. Published, 01/01/2012.
  • Faith J. & O'Connell J. (2011). Revisiting the late Pleistocene mammal extinction record at Tight Entrance Cave, southwestern Australia. (pp. 397-400). Vol. 76, Quaternary Research. Published, 11/01/2011.
  • Faith J. (2011). Ungulate community richness, grazer extinctions, and human subsistence behavior in southern Africa's Cape Floral Region. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. Vol. 306, 219-227. Published, 06/15/2011.
  • Faith J. (2011). Late Pleistocene climate change, nutrient cycling, and the megafaunal extinctions in North America. Quaternary Science Reviews. Vol. 30, 1675-1680. Published, 06/01/2011.
  • Faith J., Choiniere J., Tryon C., Peppe D. & Fox D. (2011). Taxonomic status and paleoecology of Rusingoryx atopocranion (Mammalia, Artiodactyla), an extinct Pleistocene bovid from Rusinga Island, Kenya. (pp. 697-707). Vol. 75, Quaternary Research. Published, 05/01/2011.
  • Faith J. (2011). Late Quaternary dietary shifts of the Cape grysbok (Raphicerus melanotis) in southern Africa. Quaternary Research. Vol. 75, 159-165. Published, 01/01/2011.
  • Faith J. (2011). Ungulate biogeography, statistical methods, and the proficiency of Middle Stone Age hunters. Journal of Human Evolution. Vol. 60, 315-317. Published, 01/01/2011.
  • Faith J. & Surovell T. (2009). Synchronous extinction of North America's Pleistocene mammals. (pp. 20641-20645). Vol. 106, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Published, 12/08/2009.
  • Faith J., Domínguez-Rodrigo M. & Gordon A. (2009). Long-distance carcass transport at Olduvai Gorge? A quantitative examination of Bed I skeletal element abundances. (pp. 247-256). Vol. 56, Journal of Human Evolution. Published, 01/01/2009.
  • Faith J. (2008). Eland, buffalo, and wild pigs: were Middle Stone Age humans ineffective hunters?. Journal of Human Evolution. Vol. 55, 24-36. Published, 01/01/2008.
  • Faith J. (2007). Changes in reindeer body part representation at Grotte XVI, Dordogne, France. Journal of Archaeological Science. Vol. 34, 2003-2011. Published, 01/01/2007.
  • Faith J. (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. Vol. 34, 1601-1609. Published, 01/01/2007.
  • Faith J. & Gordon A. (2007). Skeletal element abundances in archaeofaunal assemblages: economic utility, sample size, and assessment of carcass transport strategies. (pp. 872-882). Vol. 34, Journal of Archaeological Science. Published, 01/01/2007.
  • Faith J., Marean C. & Behrensmeyer A. (2007). Carnivore competition, bone destruction, and bone density. (pp. 2025-2034). Vol. 34, Journal of Archaeological Science. Published, 01/01/2007.
  • Faith J. & Behrensmeyer A. (2006). Changing patterns of carnivore modification in a landscape bone assemblage, Amboseli Park, Kenya. (pp. 1718-1733). Vol. 33, Journal of Archaeological Science. Published, 01/01/2006.

Research Keywords

  • Paleoecology
  • Paleontology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Taphonomy

Presentations

  • Faith, J.T., Du, A., Rowan, J. (2018) Emergence of the functionally modern ungulate community in eastern Africa. Paper: Paleoanthropology Society, Austin, TX. Conference Paper, Accepted, 01/08/2018.
  • Blegen, N., Faith, J.T., McNeil, J., Tryon, C.A. (2018) New excavations of Late Pleistocene sediments at “Gramly’s Site” (GvJm-22), Lukenya Hill, southeastern Kenya. Paleoanthropology Society, Austin, TX. Conference Paper, Accepted, 01/08/2018.
  • Pargeter, J., Faith, J.T. (2018) Later Pleistocene behavioral and paleoenvironmental variability at Boomplaas Cave: Evidence from fauna and lithic data. Paper: Society for Africanist Archaeologists, Toronto, ON. Conference Paper, Accepted, 01/01/2018.
  • Pearson, O.M., Hill, E.C., Peppe, D.J., Faith, J.T., Tryon, C.A. (2018) A hominin humerus from the late Middle Stone Age of Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya. Poster: American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Austin, TX. Poster, Accepted, 01/01/2018.
  • Niespolo, E.M., Sharp, W.D., Fylstra, N., Tryon, C.A., Tripathy-Lang, A., Weisz, D.G., Blegen, N., Faith, J.T., Henshilwood, C.S., Lewis, J., Mackay, A., Steele, T., Van Niekerk, K., WoldeGabriel, G. (2017) U-Th burial dating of ostrich eggshells: a novel approach to dating African archaeological sequences beyond the 14C limit. Poster: Geological Society of America, Seattle, WA. Poster, Presented, 10/25/2017.
  • Mant-Melville, A., Blegen, N., Faith, J.T., Jenkins, K., Tryon, C.A., Peppe, D.J. (2017) Late Middle Stone Age lithic technology in eastern Lake Victoria, Kenya. Poster: European Society for the Study of Human Evolution, Leiden, Holland. Poster, Presented, 09/21/2017.
  • Niespolo, E.M., Sharp, W.D., Fylstra, N., Tryon, C.A., Weisz, D.G., Faith, J.T., Henshilwood, C.S., Lewis, J., Mackay, A., Steele, T., Van Niekerk, K. (2017) Patterns of secondary U in ostrich eggshell: application to U-Th dating of Quaternary terrestrial strata. Poster: Goldschmidt Conference, Paris, France. Conference Paper, Presented, 08/13/2017.
  • Tryon, C.A., Blegen, N., Faith, J.T. (2017) Dealing with the scatter between the scatter between the patches: tephrostratigraphic approaches to low-density archaeological sites in the Lake Victoria basin of Equatorial Africa. Paper: Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, BC. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/02/2017.
  • Niespolo, E.M., Sharp, W.D., Tryon, C.A., Faith, J.T., Dawson, T.E. (2017) Using C and N stable isotopes to develop paleoenvironmental records for Late Pleistocene East African rock shelter sequences. Paper: Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, BC. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/02/2017.
  • Faith, J.T., Avery, D.M. (2017) The promise and pitfalls of quantitative paleoenvironmental reconstruction in faunal analysis: evaluation of late Quaternary micromammal assemblages from southern Africa. Paper: Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, BC. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/30/2017.
  • Niespolo, E.M., Sharp, W.D., Tryon, C.A., Faith, J.T., Lewis, J., Dawson, T.E. (2017) C and N stable isotopes in Late Pleistocene – Holocene ostrich eggshells reveal distinct local paleoenvironments in East Africa during the MSA-LSA transition. Paper: Paleoanthropology Society, Vancouver, BC. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/29/2017.
  • Mant-Melville, A.F., Blegen, N., Faith, J.T., Tryon, C.A., Jenkins, K.H., Beverley, E.J., Peppe, D.J. (2017) A Late Middle Stone Age lithic landscape in the eastern Lake Victoria Basin. Poster: Paleoanthropology Society, Vancouver, BC. Poster, Presented, 03/28/2017.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Kenya
  • South Africa