Laura Sophia Limmer

Function: PhD student and research assistant

Address: Universität Tübingen
Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Abt. Paläoanthropologie
Rümelinstr. 23
D-72070 Tübingen

Office: Room 519, Hauptgebäude, 2. OG
Tel.: +49-(0)7071-29-74067
E-Mail: laura-sophia.limmerspam


Laura Sophia Limmer earned a bachelor’s degree in prehistoric and protohistoric archaeology from the University of Würzburg and specialized in Paleoanthropology in the Archaeological Science master’s program at the University of Tübingen. In February 2018, she started as a doctoral candidate and research assistant in the DFG project “Diet and Physiological Stresses in Paleolithic non-adults” under the supervision of Dr. Sireen El Zaatari. 
After her Master thesis on dental macrowear and age determination in Neanderthals, Laura Sophia Limmer continues her research in the field of dental anthropology. In her doctoral dissertation, she is now focusing on the reconstruction of development and physiological stresses in sub adult individuals from the Paleolithic. Combining dental enamel growth disruptions and dietary microwear, her research aims to record physiological stress manifestations in relation to diet in order to explore its implications on hominin life history patterns and behavior.

Research interests: diet and subsistence, health and pathologies, dental anthropology, deciduous teeth, hominin childhood and development, weaning, paleoecology, physiological stress, life history 


Academic Background
Since Feb 2018
Doctoral candidate at the University of Tübingen

supervised by Dr. Sireen El –Zaatari and Prof. Katerina Harvati

2015 - 2017
MSc. in Archaeological Sciences with a specialization in Paleoanthropology at the University of Tübingen

(“Reconsidering dental wear as a tool to estimate age in Neanderthals – an exploratory study of sub adult dentitions aged with virtual histology”)

Jan - Oct 2017
Student research assistant in Paleoanthropology at the University of Tübingen

2011 - 2015 Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology at the University of Würzburg supervised by Prof. Dr. Heidi Peter-Röcher

(“Vom Kannibalen zum Künstler – Forschungen zum Neanderthaler am Beispiel Krapina, Kroatien “)

Fieldwork and Museum Experience
May 2019

Visiting researcher at the Musée national de Préhistoire in Les Eyzies, France for data collection and analysis of Neanderthal and Upper Paleolithic modern human fossils

Aug 2017

Forensics Workshop “The Human Skeleton in Forensic Anthropology and Medicine” at John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) University of Hawaii with Dr. Robert Mann supported by a PROMOS stipend from the German Academic Exchange Service

Aug - Sep 2016

Excavations in an open-cast mine at the Paleolithic site of Schöningen, Germany

Aug - Sep 2015

Internship at the archaeological open-air museum „Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen “, Germany

Aug 2013

Excavations of a bronze age hill-top settlement at the site of “Bullenheimer Berg”, Germany

Sep - Oct 2012

Excavations of a bronze age hill-top settlement at the site of “Bullenheimer Berg”, Germany

Teaching Experience
Since Oct 2019

Teaching Practical Osteology courses for students of Paleoanthropology at the University of Tübingen