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Tesla Monson
Hlusko Lab

Tesla Monson

Email: tesla.monson@berkeley.edu

Phone: (510) 643-8851

Tesla studies the evolutionary mechanisms responsible for variation in mammalian dentition with a focus on the molars. Her recent work characterized species level variation in the expression of the interconulus, a maxillary molar trait, across the Family Cercopithecidae.

Tesla is currently working on the alpha taxonomy of the Plio-Pleistocene South African fossil monkey collection in the UCMP. As part of the South Africa project, Tesla mentors four undergraduates, two of whom are part of the pre-IMSD program. Student presentations on the South Africa project were made at the 2013 SACNAS conference, and the revised taxonomy will be presented at the 2014 Physical Anthropology meetings in Calgary.

Publications:

Gutierrez, S., T. Monson, and L.J. Hlusko. 2013. An analysis of Struthio sp. eggshells from the Middle and Late Stone Age of the Transvaal, South Africa. SACNAS, Santa Cruz. 40:84. Notes: Abstract for a poster presentation  Read it


Marquez II, B., T. Monson, and L.J. Hlusko. 2013. The bovidae of Gladysvale Cave and the environmental implications in the context of other fossil-bearing localities in the northern Transvaal region, South Africa. SACNAS, Santa Cruz. 40:83. Notes: Abstract for a poster presentation  Read it


Monson, T., and L.J. Hlusko. 2012. Metameric variation in the expression of the interconulus in Papio and Macaca. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 147:216 Notes: Abstract for poster presentation  Read it