We study the fossil record

to understand the origin and evolutionary history of primates and other mammals.

Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology Laboratory (MEML)

MEML is a fully operational fossil preparation facility, a 3D scanning, visualization, and printing studio, and a computing laboratory for morphometric and phylogenetic analyses. Undergraduate and master’s students from Brooklyn College and Ph.D. students from The Graduate Center, City University of New York and the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology are actively involved in all aspects of laboratory research and summer paleontological expeditions to Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado. MEML is a purposefully inclusive environment built on the foundation that a greater variety of perspectives will lead to the best outcomes in science and beyond.

Stephen Chester

Stephen Chester

Principle Investigator

Nidhi Mahadevan

Nidhi Mahadevan

Undergraduate Researcher

Jordan Crowell

Jordan Crowell

Doctoral Candidate

Ashley Martinez-Rojas

Ashley Martinez-Rojas

Undergraduate Researcher

Karen Cuevas

Karen Cuevas

Lab Alumna

Manica Nawaz

Manica Nawaz

Master's Student

Henry Ermer

Henry Ermer

Master's Student

Giannina Tobal

Giannina Tobal

Undergraduate Researcher

MEML News

Recent News

Select Media Coverage

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March 31, 2022

New York Times article covering our Science publication on the evolution of the mammalian brain.

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June 9, 2021

15-minute CuriosityStream Breakthroughs documentary covering our collaborative research on primate origins.

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March 25, 2021

National Geographic feature article covering our Royal Society Open Science publication on the oldest known fossil primates.

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October 30, 2019

One-hour PBS NOVA documentary covering our collaborative research on the rise of mammals after dinosaur extinction.

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October 24, 2019

New York Times article covering our Science publication on biotic recovery following the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction.

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June 23, 2017

Daily Mail article covering our Royal Society Open Science publication on the oldest known fossil primate skeleton.

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August 4, 2016

Brooklyn College News article covering highlights from our ANTH 3015 Anthropology Abroad paleontological summer field course.

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January 19, 2015

Yale News article covering our PNAS publication on the oldest known fossil evidence of arboreality in primates.