Adam van Arsdale is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wellesley College. He is a biological anthropologist with a specialization in paleoanthropology. His primary research interest is the origin and dispersal of the genus Homo at the beginning of the Pleistocene and the importance of this event in establishing the pattern of evolution observed in humans over the past two million years. This research involves the study and analysis of primary fossil material, as well as the integration of those data with studies from archaeology and human genetics. For more than a decade, Adam has been involved in field work at the Paleolithic site of Dmanisi, Georgia, the earliest fossil hominin site outside of Africa, dating to about 1.8 million years of age. When not working in anthropology, Adam is a busy dad and passionate baseball fan.