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Tesla Monson
Hlusko Lab

Tesla Monson


Phone: (510) 643-8851

Tesla is interested in the evolution of morphological variation in the mammalian dentition with a focus on the molars. She gave a talk on her recent work, "Identification of a derived dental trait in the Papionini relative to the other Old World Monkeys," at the 16th International Symposium for Dental Morphology in Zagreb, Croatia (2014).

Tesla is also working on the alpha taxonomy of the Plio-Pleistocene South African fossil monkey collection in the UCMP. Tesla presented on the revised taxonomy of the collection at the 2014 Physical Anthropology meetings in Calgary, and she is continuing this work with labmate Marianne Brasil.


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