Thomas Püschel joined the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology as a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in November 2018. He is a vertebrate palaeobiologist and palaeoprimatologist mainly interested in primate and mammalian evolution and the use of numerical and computational techniques to investigate the interface between comparative anatomy, fossil behaviour, biomechanics, and ecology. Thomas’ current research interest focuses on the understanding of the environmental context of early human evolution in Africa by analysing associated fossil mammals. This mammalian record offers critical evidence about the eco-evolutionary context of human evolution because it provides comprehensive information on faunal change through time, including processes that likely affected hominin evolution. His Leverhulme Project has taken him to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, where he works together with the Paleo-Primate Project Gorongosa.