Christine Steininger

Current Position

Manager & Palaeobiologist

DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences


Christine Steininger is passionate about palaeosciences, in particular facilitating research and education. She is Project Manager of the DST- NRF Centre of Excellence for Palaeosciences in South Africa and Project Manager of Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand. She received her BA at Northern Illinois University, and her MSc (with distinction) and PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her thesis entitled ‘The dietary behaviour of early Pleistocene bovids from Cooper’s Cave and Swartkrans’. Her research interest includes the use of stable light isotope and microwear techniques to understand the dietary behaviours and landscape usage of mammals including hominins. She is the permit holder of Cooper’s Cave and co-permit holder of Gondolin fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind. She has published in Science, Plos One, Journal of Human Evolution, American Journal of Physical Anthropology and South African Journal of Science. She has taught courses on human evolution, comparative mammalian osteology, primatology, palaeoecology and excavation techniques. Over weekends she ran training course in comparative osteology for volunteers. In addition she gives interactive fossil tours to children of all ages.