Klein, Richard G.

Ph.D. Chicago, 1966

Richard G. Klein is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Anthropology and Biology.

Professor Klein researches the archeological and fossil evidence for the evolution of human behavior. He has done fieldwork in Spain and especially in South Africa, where he has excavated ancient sites and analyzed the excavated materials since 1969. He has focused on the behavioral changes that allowed anatomically modern Africans to spread to Eurasia about 50,000 years ago, where they swamped or replaced the Neanderthals and other non-modern Eurasians.

After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Professor Klein went to the University of Chicago to pursue his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Following receipt of his doctorate, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Northwestern University, the University of Washington, and for 20 years at the University of Chicago. He came to Stanford from Chicago in 1993.

Professor Klein has served on numerous editorial and advisory boards, he has edited The Journal of Archaeological Science since 1981, and he co-chairs the Grants Committee of the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences.

Selected Publications: 

2009 The Human Career: Human Biological and Cultural Origins, Third Edition. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
2008 Out of Africa and the evolution of human behavior. Evolutionary Anthropology 17: in press.
2007 The mammalian fauna associated with a fossil hominin skull and later Acheulean artifacts at Elandsfontein, Western Cape Province, South Africa. Journal of Human Evolution 52: 164-186.
2004 The Ysterfontein 1 Middle Stone Age site, South Africa, and early human exploitation of coastal resources. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101: 5708-15.
2002 The Dawn of Human Culture. John Wiley & Sons, New York.
1999 The Human Career: Human Biological and Cultural Origins. University of Chicago Press.
1989 Quaternary Extinctions: A Prehistoric Revolution (Co-authored with Paul S. Martin). University of Arizona Press.
1984 The Analysis of Animal Bones from Archaeological Sites (Co-authored with Kathryn Cruz-Uribe). University of Chicago Press.