Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

  • Palaeoanthropology: Evolution of mammals, evolution and environment of the early hominids of Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia, primatology, current field work in Malawi, Kenya and Uganda (planned: Mali)

  • Morphometry of Vertebrates: Development of new methods for the quantification of complex vertebrate structures (e.g., skulls, teeth, jaws, the inner ear, foot bones, etc.) for the analysis of evolutionary trends and the reconstruction of habitats, application of modern geometric-morphometric methods to 3D data sets of vertebrate structure.

  • Human Ethology Film Archive: Cross-cultural research on bio-cultural evolution; universality and diversity in human culture and behavior. Founded by I. Eibl-Eibesfeldt in the 1960ies, the long-term documentation of everyday life all over the world - mainly in five repeatedly studied societies - today is the largest archive on bio-cultural diversity of Homo sapiens worldwide.

  • ROCEEH: During the last two million years, the geographic range of the human species expanded in several waves from its original African homeland to encompass Eurasia – – and possibly back into Africa. Of these hominin species, only anatomically and behaviorally modern humans, Homo sapiens sapiens, have been able to overcome the impediments imposed by the physical geography of this planet. Within a few tens of thousands of years, modern humans successfully inhabited the globe, settling in Australia, the Americas and even the polar regions.

Department Leadership: PD Dr. Ottmar Kullmer
Palaeoanthropology: Prof. Dr. Friedemann Schrenk
Tertiary Mammals: PD Dr. Ottmar Kullmer
Human Ethology Film Archive: Anke Kuper M.A.
ROCEEH: PD Dr. Angela Bruch