Neanderthals, modern humans, and the complex story of human evolution in the Pleistocene

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Katerina Harvati-Papatheodorou is a Greek paleoanthropologist and expert in human evolution. She specializes in the broad application of 3-D geometric morphometric and virtual anthropology methods to paleoanthropology. Since 2009, she is full professor and director of Paleoanthropology at the University of Tübingen, Germany. From 2020-2023 she was Director of the Institute for Archaeological Sciences and since 2023 she is Director of the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment at the University of Tübingen. In 2010, she was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her contributions to Paleoanthropology. In 2014 she was awarded the Research Award of the State Baden-Württemberg, and in 2021 the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation, the highest academic recognition in Germany. She was elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2022.

Katerina Harvati-Papatheodorou researches the phylogenetic history of humans, in particular the emergence of anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens) and Neanderthals, linking the description of morphological variations with - for example ecological or climatic - changes in the environment, which lead to the development of special characteristics for each species and their variants. She also deals with morphometrics and the 3-D visualization of fossils. She also conducts field research at two excavation sites in Greece.

Moderation: Professorin Dr. Ulla Bonas

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