Paläoanthropologie

Karakostis, Alexandros-Fotios

Function: Postdoc

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

Office: Room 519, Hauptbäude, 2. OG
Tel.: +49-(0)7071-29-
E-Mail: afkarakostis[at]hotmail.com

Consulting hours:
by arrangement


Current Position

Postdoc in Paleoanthropology, Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironment, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.

 

Academic Diplomas

Dates: September 2008 – February 2013 (4 years program).
Title of qualification awarded: BA in Archaeology and History of Art, with honors (grade: 8.14/10).
Organizations providing education and training: University of Athens, Greece.

Dates: October 2013- October 2015 (2 years program).
Title of qualifications awarded: International Joint Master Degree in Quaternary and Prehistory (grade: 9.12 / 10).
Organizations providing education and training: University of Rovira i Virgili (Spain) & Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (France).
Thesis Topic: “Morphometric analysis of entheseal surfaces in metacarpals, proximal hand phalanges and pollical distal phalanges from modern human populations” (grade: 10/10)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Carlos Merino LORENZO, University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain.

Dates: October 2015- February 2018.
Title of qualifications awarded: Ph.D. in Paleoanthropology.
Organizations providing education and training: Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen
Thesis Topic: “Investigating the effect of manual physical activity on the form of human hand entheses” (grade: 1.0)
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati and Prof. Dr. Joachim Wahl.

Awards and Grants

  1. April–May 2011: European Internship Program “NSFR-OPELL”, at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany).
  2. October 2013 – October 2015: Erasmus Mundus scholarship for studies in the International Master in Quaternary and Prehistory (IMQP).
  3. October 2013 – October 2014: Leventis Foundation
  4. October 2014 – October 2015: Onassis Foundation
  5. October 2015- July 2016: D.A.A.D.
  6. August 2016-present: Senckenberg Institute
  7. October 2016 – October 2017: Leventis Foundation
  8. October 2017 – October 2018: Leventis Foundation

Papers and Communications

Journals and Book Chapters (Published & Under Review)


1. Karakostis, F. A., Zorba, E., Moraitis, K. (2013). Sexual dimorphism of proximal hand phalanges. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 25, 733-742.

2. Karakostis, F. A., Zorba, E., Moraitis, K. (2014). Osteometric sex determination using proximal foot phalanges from a documented human skeletal collection. Anthropologischer Anzeiger, 71, 2014, 403-427.

3. Karakostis, F. A., Zorba, E., Moraitis, K. (2015). Sex determination using proximal hand phalanges. Papers of Anthropology, 24, 37-56.

4. Karakostis, F. A., Le Quéré, E., Vanna V., Moraitis, K. (2015). Reconstructing physical activity and sexual distribution of labor in Hellenistic Demetrias, using osteometric data from proximal hand phalanges. HOMO, 67, 110-124.

5. Karakostis, F. A., Lorenzo, C. (2016). Morphometric patterns among the 3D surface areas of human hand entheses. American journal of Physical Anthropology, 160, 694-707.

6. Karakostis, F. A., Hotz, G., Scherf, H., Wahl, J., Harvati, K. (2017). Occupational manual activity is reflected on the patterns among hand entheses. American journal of Physical Anthropology, 164, 30–40.

7. Anastopoulou, I., Karakostis, F. A., Borrini, M., Moraitis, K. (2017). A statistical method for reassociating human tali and calcanei from a commingled context. Journal of Forensic Sciences, DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.

8. Karakostis, F. A., Velliky, E., Kandel, A. (2017). Sixth annual meeting of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology, 26, 7-8.

9. Hotz, G., Doppler, S., Gysin, D., Helmig G., Karakostis F. A., Kramis, S., Lopreno G. P., Roewer, L., Rothe, J., Wittwer-Backofen, U., Zulauf-Semmler, M. (2017). Theo the pipe-smoker, an interdisciplinary approach. In: Madea B., Rosendahl, W. (Eds.). Archaeology and Forensics, pp. 65-71.

10. Karakostis, F. A., Lorenzo, C., Moraitis, K. (2017). Morphometric variation and ray allocation of human proximal hand phalanges. Anthropologischer Anzeiger, 74, 269-281.  

11. Karakostis, F. A., Hotz, G., Scherf, H., Wahl, J., Harvati, K. (2018). A geometric morphometric approach to the analysis of hand entheseal three-dimensional form. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23421.

12. Hotz, G., Doppler, S., Gamma, M.-L., Gysin, D., Haas, P., Helmig, G., Huber, L., Kramis, S., Karakostis, F. A., Meyer, L., Lopreno, G. P., Rauber, J., Roewer, L., Rothe, J., Spycher, A., Wittwer-Backofen, U., Zulauf-Semmler, M. (2017). Theo der Pfeifenraucher: Ein genealogisch‐naturwissenschaftliches Identifizierungsprojekt. Yearbook of the SSGS, 44, 29-61.

13. Karakostis, F. A., Vlachodimitropoulos, D., Piagkou, M., Scherf, H., Harvati, K. Is bone elevation in hand muscle attachments associated with biomechanical stress? A histological approach to an anthropological question. The Anatomical Record (In Press).

14. Anastopoulou, I., Karakostis, F. A., M., Moraitis, K. (2018). A reliable regression-based approach for reassociating human skeletal elements of the lower limbs from commingled assemblages. Journal of Forensic Sciences, DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13884

15. Karakostis, F. A., Hotz, G., Tourloukis, V., Harvati, K. (2018). Evidence of precision grasping in Neandertal daily activities. Science Advances, 4(9): eaat2369. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat2369.

Conference Proceedings

16. Karakostis, F. A., Zorba, E., Moraitis, K. (2013). Study of sexual dimorphism in proximal hand phalanges. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Hellenic Association for Biological Sciences, 35, 138-139.

17. Karakostis, F. A., Moraitis, K. (2013). Microevolutionary trends on proximal hand phalanges. Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, 2, 123.

18. Karakostis, F. A., Lorenzo, C. (2016). Three-dimensional morphometric analysis of human hand entheses. Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, 5, 131.

19. Anastopoulou, I., Karakostis, F. A., Borrini, M., Moraitis, K. (2017). A statistical method for reassociating human tali and calcanei from a commingled context. Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 23, 72.

20. Karakostis, F. A., Hotz, G., Scherf, H., Wahl, J., Harvati, K. (2017). The patterns among human hand entheses are associated with occupational manual activities. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, 6, p. 100.

21. Karakostis, F. A., Hotz, G., Tourloukis, V., Harvati, K. (2018). Neanderthals habitually performed precise manual activities. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, 7, p. 98.

Communications (Invited talks, Podiums, and Posters presented by October, 2018)

1. Karakostis F.A., “The evolution of the neurocranium and the hands, in relation to lithic tools, in the genus Homo”, Annual Conference of Graduate Archaeologists in Oxford (GAO), University of Oxford, March 2013 (poster).

2. Κaρακωστης Φ.Α., Ζορμπα Ε., Μωραιτης Κ., “Διερεύνηση της ύπαρξης φυλετικού διμορφισμού στις πρώτες φάλαγγες του άκρου χεριού” (“Study of sexual dimorphism in proximal hand phalanges”), 35th Scientific Conference of Hellenic Association for Biological Sciences, Nafplio, May 2013 (podium).

3. Karakostis F.A., Moraitis K., “Microevolutionary Trends on Proximal Hand Phalanges”, Annual Conference of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, Vienna, September 2013 (poster).

4. Καρακωστης Φ.Α., “Αφήγηση μιάς Εξέλιξης: Η Φυσική Ανθρωπολογία στην Ελλάδα από το 1884 εώς τις απαρχές του 21ου αιώνα”, Γ. Κουρτεση-Φιλιππακη (org.), Ημερίδα: “Πού αρχίζει το παρελθόν μας;”, University of Athens, February 2014 (podium).

5. Karakostis F.A., “Sexual dimorphism and sex diagnosis in proximal hand phalanges of different populations”, Public talk at the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, May 2014 (podium).

6. Karakostis F.A., "Factors affecting sexual dimorphism in human proximal hand phalanges of various modern populations"”, The Anthropology of Hands, University of Kent, June 2015 (poster).

7. Karakostis F.A., Moraitis K., “Three-dimensional morphometric analysis of human hand entheses”, Annual Conference of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, Madrid, September 2016 (podium).

8. Anastopoulou I., Karakostis F.A., Borrini, M., Moraitis K., “A statistical method for reassociating human tali and calcanei from a commingled context”, Annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Orleans, February 2017 (poster).

9. Karakostis F.A., Gerhard H., Scherf, H., Wahl J., Harvati, K., “The patterns among human hand entheses are associated with occupational manual activities”, Annual Conference of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, Leiden, September 2017 (poster).

10. Karakostis F.A., Moraitis, K., Vlachodimitropoulos, D., Piagkou, M., Scherf, H., Harvati, K., “Αssessing the effect of biomechanical stress on hand entheseal morphology: A histological approach”, Annual Conference of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, Liverpool, September 2017 (poster).

11. Karakostis F.A., Gerhard H., Scherf, H., Wahl J., Harvati, K., “Reconstructing occupational activity using manual muscle attachments from an extensively documented sample”, Annual Conference of the Swiss Anthropological Society, Zurich, November 2017 (podium).

12. Karakostis F.A. “Do hand bones reflect occupational activities?”, Invited Public Talk at the Natural History Museum of Basel, Basel, November 2017 (podium).

13. Karakostis F.A. “A new and precise 3D method for reconstructing habitual manual activities using hand muscle attachments”, Invited Public Talk at the City University of New York, New York (USA), November 2017 (podium).

14. Karakostis F.A., Hotz, G., Scherf, H., Wahl, J., Harvati, K. “A novel method for reconstructing habitual manual activity based on human hand muscle attachments”, Annual Meeting of the American Paleoanthropology Society, Austin (USA), April 2018 (podium).

15. Karakostis F.A., Hotz, G., Tourloukis, V., Harvati, K. (2018). Neanderthals habitually performed precise manual activities. Annual Conference of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, Leiden, September 2018 (podium).

 

Research Experience

Excavation Campaigns, Field Researches, Laboratorial projects

1. Dispilio (Northern Greece), Neolithic Lakeshore excavation site.
Supervisor: Emeritus Prof. Dr. G. Hourmouziades (University of Thessaloniki).

2. Melitzia (Southern Greece), Upper-Paleolithic excavation cave site.

3. Kalamas (North-Western Greece), Neolithic and Paleolithic Archaeological Field Research.

4. Athens (Central Greece), Classical era excavation site

5. Zakynthos (North-Western Greece), Middle Paleolithic Archaeological Project.

6. Panay Island (Central Philippines), Survey in multiple caves and excavation in two caves.

7. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany), Department of Human Evolution (European Internship Program “NSFR-OPELL 2007-2013”), April-May 2011.

8. Member of the Laboratory of Environmental Archaeology of the University of Athens, October 2010 – May 2012.

9. Member and Volunteer service at the Laboratory at the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology of Forensic Anthropology of the Medical School of the University of Athens, September 2011 – present.

10. Laboratory of Human Osteology of the University of the Philippines Diliman (Manila), April 2014 – July 2014.

11. Project on dissection and histological analysis of human hand remains (muscle attachments), at the Department of Anatomy of the Medical School of Athens, Athens (Greece), June 2016 - July 2016 and June 2017- July 2017.

12. Project on the evolution of human hand muscle attachments: 3D scanning of anthropological remains in various institutions worldwide, including France (Paris), United States (New York), Israel (Tel Aviv), Czech Republique (Dolni Vestonice and Brno), Philippines (Manila), Spain (Burgos), Athens (Greece), Switzerland (Basel), and others. 2016-present.

Teaching Experience

1. “Application of statistics in Paleoanthropology (softwares: r, spss, past)”, University of Tuebingen,2016-2017, Master Degree in Paleoanthropology (semester seminar).
2. Lecture on “Anatomical allocation of human hand bone remains (positioning and siding)”, 2017-2018, Master Degree in Paleoanthropology
3. “3D Imaging and morphometrics”, University of Tuebingen, 2017-2018, Master Degree in Paleoanthropology (semester seminar).
4. “Reconstructing physical activity from human skeletal remains”, University of Tuebingen, 2017-2018, Bachelor/master degrees in Paleoanthropology (semester seminar).
5. “Statistics tutorial (software: matlab)”, University of Tuebingen, 2017-2018, Bachelor degree in Paleoanthropology (semester seminar).