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Words, Bones, Genes, Tools

Im Zuge der interdisziplinären Kooperation von Archäologie, Paläoanthropologie und Genetik konnte die menschliche Frühgeschichte (also die Periode von vor 100 000 bis 40 000 Jahren) rekonstruiert werden.

Mithilfe dideser Kooperation hat sich die Kollegforschergruppe das Ziel gesetzt, die mittleren Zeittiefen (also 3 000 – 30 000 Jahre) genauer zu beleuchten. Das DFG-Fortbildungszentrum “Words, Bones, Genes, Tools” schafft so theoretische Grundlagen für ein neues interdisziplinäres Feld der biokulturellen Koevolution.


Team HEP Harvati
Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati
Director, Paleoanthropology and DFG Centre for Advanced Studies

Main research interests
• Modern human origins
• Neanderthal evolution and paleobiology
• Pleistocene human evolution, phylogeny, taxonomy and adaptation
• Human dispersals
• The peopling of the Americas
• Interactions between the phenotype, genotype and the environment
• Paleoanthropology of South-East Europe

Academic background

Recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (2021) and the Landesforschungspreis Baden-Württemberg (2014)

Since 2009 W3 Professor, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

2009 Habilitation in Palaeoanthropology, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

2001 PhD, Anthropology, City University of New York and New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP)

1998 MA, Anthropology, Hunter College, CUNY

1994 BA, Anthropology (Summa Cum Laude), Columbia University, New York

List of Publications (selected from a total of >150 publications)

Harvati K. 2022. The hominin fossil record from Greece. In: Vlachos E (ed) The Fossil Vertebrates of Greece Vol. 1 – Basal vertebrates, basal tetrapods, afrotherians, glires, and primates. Springer – Nature Publishing Group, Cham, pp. 669-688    

Konidaris G., Athanassiou A., Panagopoulou E., Harvati K. 2022. First record of Macaca (Cercopithecidae, Primates) in the Middle Pleistocene of Greece. Journal of Human Evolution 162, 103104  DOI:10.1016/j.jhevol.2021.103104

Karakostis F.A., Haeufle D., Anastopoulou I., Moraitis K., Hotz G., Tourloukis V., Harvati K. 2021. Biomechanics of the human thumb and the evolution of dexterity. Current Biology 31, 1-9 

Karakostis F.A., Harvati K. 2021. New horizons in reconstructing past human behavior: Introducing the “Tübingen University Validated Entheses-based Reconstruction of Activity” method.  Evolutionary Anthropology 30, 185-198

Mori T., Profico A., Reyes-Centeno H., Harvati K. 2020. Virtual reconstruction and geometric morphometric analysis of the mid-Pleistocene hominin KNM-OG 45500 (Olorgesailie, Kenya). Journal of Anthropological Sciences 98, 49-72. doi 10.4436/jass.98022

Harvati K., Röding C., Bosman A., Karakostis F.A., Grün R., Stringer C., Karkanas P., Thompson N.C., Koutoulidis V., Moulopoulos L.A., Gorgoulis V.G., Kouloukoussa M. 2019. Apidima Cave fossils provide earliest evidence of Homo sapiens in Eurasia. Nature 571, 500-504 

Beier J., Anthes N., Wahl J., Harvati K. 2018. Similar cranial trauma prevalence among Neanderthals and Upper Paleolithic humans. Nature 563, 686-690

Karakostis F.A., Hotz G., Tourloukis V., Harvati K. 2018. Evidence for precision grasping in Neandertal daily activities. Science Advances 4, eaat2369

Harvati K., Konidaris G., Tourloukis V. (Eds.) 2018. Human Evolution at the Gates of Europe. Quaternary International Special Issue, Volume 497 Part A, pp. 1-240.

Hublin J.J., Ben-Ncer A., Bailey S., Freideline S., Neubauer S., Skinner M.M., Bergmann I., Le Cabec A., Benazzi S., Harvati K., Gunz P. 2017. New fossils from Jebel Irhoud (Morocco) and the Pan-African origin of Homo sapiens. Nature 546, 289-292 (Cover article)

Harvati K. and M. Roksandic, (Eds.) 2016. Paleoanthropology of the Balkans and Anatolia: Human Evolution and its Context. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series, Springer Verlag: Dordrecht.

Fu Q., 38 authors, Harvati K., Moiseyev V., Drucker D.G., Svoboda J., Pinhasi R., Kelso J., Patterson N., Krause J., Pääbo S., Reich D. 2016. The genetic history of Ice Age Europe. Nature 524, 200-2005

Reyes-Centeno H., Ghirotto S., Détroit F., Grimaud-Hervé D., Barbujani G, Harvati K. 2014. Genomic and Cranial Phenotype Data Support Multiple Modern Human Dispersals from Africa and a Southern Route into Asia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111, 7248-7253

Harvati K., Darlas A., Bailey S. E., Rein T. R., El Zaatari S., Fiorenza L, Kullmer O., Psathi E. 2013. New Neanderthal remains from Mani peninsula, S. Greece: The Kalamakia Middle Paleolithic cave site. Journal of Human Evolution 64, 486-499

Benazzi S., Douka K., Fornai C., Bauer C. C., Kullmer O., Svoboda J., Pap I., Mallegni F., Bayle P., Coquerelle M., Condemi S., Ronchitelli A., Harvati K., Weber G. W. 2011. Early dispersal of modern hum ans in Europe and implications for Neanderthal behavior. Nature 479, 525-528

Harvati K., Panagopoulou E., Runnels C. 2009. The Paleoanthropology of Greece. Evolutionary Anthropology 18, 131-143 (Cover article)

Grine F.E., Bailey R.M., Harvati K., Nathan R.P., Morris, A.G., Henderson G.M., Ribot I., Pike A.W.G. 2007. Late Pleistocene Human Skull from Hofmeyr, South Africa and Modern Human Origins. Science 315, 226-229 (TIME top 10 discoveries of 2007)

Harvati K. and Weaver T. 2006. Human cranial anatomy and the differential preservation of population history and climate signatures. Anatomical Record 288A, 1225-1233 (Cover article)

Harvati K., Frost S.R., McNulty K.P. 2004. Neanderthal taxonomy reconsidered: Implications of 3D primate models of intra- and inter-specific differences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 101, 1147-1152