Paläoanthropologie

Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati-Papatheodorou

Function: Director Paleoanthropology


Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoecology, Paläoanthropologie
Rümelinstr. 23
D-72070 Tübingen

 Room 517, Hauptgebäude, 2. OG
 +49-(0)7071-29-76516
 +49-(0)7071-29-5717
katerina.harvatispam prevention@ifu.uni-tuebingen.de

Consulting hours:
Wed. 14-17

About

Prof. Harvati is Senckenberg Professor for Paleoanthropology (SHEP) and Director of the Institute for Archaeological Sciences at the University of Tübingen. She is President of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution (ESHE), and editor-in-chief of the diamond open access journal PaleoAnthropology.

Her research focuses on Neanderthal paleobiology, modern human origins and dispersals, and the application of virtual anthropology methods to paleoanthropology. Her broader research interests include primate evolution and life history; the relationship between the phenotype, genotype, behavior and the environment; settlement of the Americas; and the paleoanthropology of South-East Europe. She conducts fieldwork in Greece. 

Prof. Harvati was awarded with the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz prize, the highest academic distinction in Germany, in 2021; and with the Research Award of the state of Baden-Württemberg in 2014.

She is the recipient of three ERC grants: ERC Starting Grant PaGE (2012-16); ERC Consolidator Grant CROSSROADS (2017-22); and ERC Advanced Grant FIRSTSTEPS (2022-28). 

Since 2014, Prof. Harvati directs the DFG Centre for Advanced Studies ‘Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking linguistic, cultural and biological trajectories of the human past’ together with Prof. Jäger (Linguistics). Since 2020, she is Professor II at the Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE), University of Bergen, Norway.
 


Academic and professional trajectory

2021
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

2020
Director, Institute for Archaeological Sciences

2020
Elected President, European Society for the Study of Human Evolution

2014
Co-director, DFG Center for Advanced Studies ‘Words, Bones, Genes, Tools’

2014
Landesforschungspreis Baden-Württemberg

2009
W3 Professor of Paleoanthropology

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

2009
Habilitation

Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

2004
Senior Researcher

Dept. of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

2001
Assistant Professor

Dept. of Anthropology, New York University

2001
Ph.D. in Anthropology

City University of New York Graduate Center Dept. of Anthropology & New York Consortium on Evolutionary Primatology


Publications

Selected recent publications

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

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

Tourloukis V., Harvati K. 2018. The Palaeolithic record of Greece: a synthesis of the evidence and a research agenda for the future. Quaternary International, SI Filling the Geographic Gaps in the Human Evolutionary Story, 466, 48-65

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

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


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

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. PNAS USA 111, 7248-7253