The origin of early hominins in Africa and their expansion to Eurasia was significantly influenced by their adaptive-functional properties, as well as climate and habitat changes and their ability for cultural behavior. Key regions of our research projects are Central Africa and Southeast Asia. Our research station in Malawi, the GHR v. Koenigswald hominid collection and our 3D-morphometry facilities offer excellent conditions for interdisciplinary research on the origin and early evolution of the genus Homo, with both field and laboratory work.
Close collaborative relationships exist with the research project “The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans (ROCEEH), the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F) and the Human Palaeobiomics Project (collaboration with NYU). An important aspect is academic teaching in collaboration with partner institutions in Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique.