• Craig S. Feibel
  • Craig S. Feibel
  • Professor Geology and Anthropology, SAS
  • Specialization: Geological context of fossil and archaeological sites, paleoenvironments and paleoecology, microstratigraphy, geochronology; Africa
  • Degree and University: PhD, U Utah, 1988
  • Office: Room 207 Biological Sciences Building, Douglass Campus
  • Office Hours: Spring 2024 - on leave
  • Phone: (848) 932-9345
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B.A., Dartmouth College
M.S., Iowa State University
Ph.D., University of Utah

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate: Introduction to Human Evolution, Environment and Human Evolution, Geoarchaeology, Sedimentary Geology, Microstratigraphy

Graduate: Reconstructing Quaternary Environments

Research Interests

Stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleoenvironments, geoarchaeology, environmental geology, Africa, Levant, Europe.

My interests center on the investigation of the geological context for evolution in terrestrial ecosystems, particularly those related to hominin evolution and the later Neogene. My primary research area is the Turkana Basin of Kenya, where I've worked for twenty-four years in association with the National Museums of Kenya. My work there involves stratigraphy, sedimentology and paleontology, working to establish a geologic framework and an environmental backdrop to the evolutionary and archaeological record for which that region is so famous. My other projects at the moment include an analysis of the stratigraphy and depositional environments of the Hadar site in Ethiopia, and a large project on the sedimentology of Gesher Benot Ya’aqov, an Acheulean site complex in the Dead Sea Rift of Israel, and an investigation of Pannonian (Miocene) lake deposits in Croatia.


Feibel, C. S.  2005.  Quaternary lake margins of the Levant Rift Valley.  In:  Speth, J. D. and Goren-Inbar, N. (eds.)  Paleoecology of the Levantine Corridor.  Oxbow Books, Oxford.  pp. 21-36.

Roche, H., Brugal, J. -P., Delagnes, A., Feibel, C., Harmand, S., Kibunjia, M., Prat, S. and Texier, P. -J.  2004.  Plio-Pleistocene archaeological sites in the Nachukui Formation, West Turkana, Kenya: synthetic results 1997-2001. Comptes Rendus Palevol 2: 663-673.

Rosenfeld, A., Nathan, Y., Feibel, C. S., Shilman, B., Halicz, L., Goren-Inbar, N. and Siman-Tov, R.  2004.  Paleoenvironment of the Acheulian Gesher Benot Ya’aqov Pleistocene lacustrine strata, northern Israel – lithology, ostracod assemblages and ostracod shell geochemistry.  Journal of African Earth Sciences 38: 169-181.

Feibel, C. S. 2003.  Stratigraphy and depositional setting of the Pliocene Kanapoi Formation, lower Kerio Valley, Kenya. Contributions in Science  498: 9-20.

Bernor, R. L., Feibel, C. S. and Viranta, S.  2003.  The vertebrate locality of Hatvan, Late Miocene (Middle Turolian, MN12), Hungary.  In: Petculescu, A. and Stiuca, E. (eds.) Advances in Vertebrate Paleontology, Hen to Panta, Bucharest.  pp. 105-112.

Feibel, C. S.  2003.  Stratigraphy and depositional history of the Lothagam sequence.  In: Leakey, M. G. and Harris, J. M. (eds.) Lothagam: The Dawn of Humanity in Eastern Africa.  Columbia University Press, New York.  pp. 17-29.

Sharon, G., Feibel, C. S., Belitzky, S., Marder, O., Khalaily, H. and Rabinovitch, R.  2002.  1999 Jordan River drainage project damages Gesher Benot Ya’aqov: A preliminary study of the archaeological and geological implications.  In: Gal, Z. (ed.) Eretz Zafon: Studies in Galilean Archaeology.  Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem.  pp. 1-19.

Goren-Inbar, N., Werker, E. and Feibel, C. S.  2002.  The Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov: The wood assemblage.  Oxbow Press, Oxford.  121 pp.

Feibel, C. S.  2001.  Archaeological sediments in lake margin environments.  In: Stein, J. K. and Farrand, W. R. (eds.) Sediments in Archaeological Context.  University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.  pp. 127-148.

Goren-Inbar, N., Feibel,C. S., Verosub, K. L., Melamed, Y., Kislev, M. E., Tchernov, E. and Saragusti, I.  2000.  Pleistocene milestones on the Out-of-Africa corridor at Gesher Benot Ya’aqov, Israel.  Science 289: 944-947.

Feibel, C. S.  1999c.  Basin evolution, sedimentary dynamics and hominid habitats in East Africa: an ecosystem approach.  In:  Bromage, T. and Schrenk, F. (eds.)  African Biogeography, Climate Change, and Human Evolution.  Oxford University Press, Oxford.  pp. 276-281.

Feibel, C. S.  1999b.  Tephrostratigraphy and geological context in paleoanthropology.  Evolutionary Anthropology 8: 87-100.

McDougall, I. and Feibel, C. S.  1999.  Numerical age control for the Miocene-Pliocene succession at Lothagam, a hominoid-bearing sequence in the northern Kenya Rift.  Journal of the Geological Society, London 156: 731-745.

Roche, H., Delagnes, A., Brugal, J. P., Feibel, C. S., Kibunjia, M., Mourre, V. and Texier, P. J.  1999.  Early hominid stone tool production and technical skill 2.34 Myr ago in West Turkana, Kenya.  Nature 399: 57-60.

Leakey, M. G., Feibel, C. S., McDougall, I., Ward, C. and Walker, A.  1998.  New specimens and confirmation of an early age for Australopithecus anamensis.  Nature 393: 62-66.

Feibel, C. S.  1997.  A terrestrial Auxiliary Stratotype Point and Section for the Plio-Pleistocene boundary in the Turkana Basin, East Africa.  Quaternary International 40: 73-79.

Feibel, C. S.  1997.  Debating the environmental factors in hominid evolution. GSA Today 7(3):1-7.

Semaw, S., Renne, P., Harris, J. W. K., Feibel, C. S., Bernor, R. L., Fessaha, N. and Mowbray, K.  1997.  2.5-million-year-old stone tools from Gona, Ethiopia.  Nature 385: 333-336.

Leakey, M. G., Feibel, C. S., Bernor, R. L., Cerling, T. E., Harris, J. M., Stewart, K. M., Storrs, G. W., Walker, A., Werdelin, L., and  Winkler, A. J.  1996.  Lothagam: a record of faunal change in the late Miocene of East Africa.  Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 16: 556-570.

Feibel, C. S., Agnew, N., Latimer, B., Demas, M., Marshall, F., Waane, S. A. C. and Schmid, P.  1996.  The Laetoli hominid footprints - a preliminary report on the conservation and scientific restudy.  Evolutionary Anthropology 4: 149-154.

Feibel, C. S.  1995.  Geological context and the ecology of Homo erectus  in East Africa.  In: Bower, J. R. F. and Sartono, S. (eds.) Evolution and ecology of Homo erectus.  Pithecanthropus Centennial Foundation, Leiden.  pp. 67-74.

Leakey, M. G., Feibel, C. S., McDougall, I. and Walker, A.  1995.  New four-million-year-old hominid species from Kanapoi and Allia Bay, Kenya.  Nature 376: 565-571.