Dr. Catherine C. Bauer

Post-doctoral researcher 

Room S507
Hölderlinstr. 12, 72074

Phone: +49(0)7071-29-78930
Email: catherine.bauerspam

Sprechzeiten: n.V.

Research Interests

  • Geometric Morphometrics
  • Tooth morphology and dental tissue proportions
  • Virtual reconstruction of CT-scanned, damaged human remains
  • Cranial shape variations within the genus Homo
  • Human evolution
  • Early domestication of canids



Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.) at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.

Thesis: Application of virtual anthropology methods to fossil human dental remains


Magister Artium at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Thesis: A Geometric Morphometric Analysis of Bronze-Age Crania from Qatna, Syria.


Student at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen.


Paramedic in the German Air Force, last rank Staff Sergeant.


Doctor’s Assistant of Dr. Dr. Keller, Bayreuth.


High School Diploma, Luisenburg-Gymnasium Wunsiedel, Germany.

​​​​​​​Research Assistant Positions


Extraction of collagen from fossil bones including sample preparation and isotope analyses for Prof. Hervé Bocherens, department for Biogeology, University of Tübingen.


Osteological Collection of the department of Paeleoanthropology in Tübingen, curating activities, establishing displays for teaching, database management, determination of age, sex and pathologies of human remains.


Tour guide for the Baden –Württemberg state exhibition „Ice Age – Art and Culture“ in German and English.


Production of scientific drawings of paeleolithic bone tools for Prof. Harald Floss, Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, University of Tübingen.

Fieldwork experience


Archaeological field assistant, Department of Paeleoanthropology, University of Tübingen


Anthropological and archaeological field assistant, University of Tübingen


Archaeological field assistant, University of Tübingen


Archaeological field assistant, University of Tübingen


Archaeological field assistant, University of Tübingen


Archaeological field assistant, University of Tübingen


Archaeological field school, University of Tübingen

Teaching Experience

summer term 2016 - 2017 Lab for Prof. Wahl's lecture "Alters- und Geschlechtsbestimmung am menschlichen Skelett" (Aging and sexing of human skeletal remains).

summer term 2012 - 2015

Lab for Prof. Harvati's lecture "Imaging & Morphometrics" - introduction to the AVIZO, RHINO and MORPHOLOGIKA software.

winter term 2013 - 2016

Lab for Prof. Wahl's lecture "Anatomie und Morphologie des menschlichen Skeletts" (Osteology 101).


Montagnat, M., Bourcier, M., Philip, A., Bons, P. Bauer, C.C., Deconinck, P., Hereil, P. 2021. Texture characterization of some large hailstones with an automated technique. Journal of Glaciology. Doi:10.1017/jog.2021.66.

Allabar, A., Dobson, K.J., Bauer, C.C., Nowak, M. 2020. Vesicle shrinkage in hydrous phonolitic melt during cooling. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 175, 21. Doi: 10.1007/s00410-020-1658-3.

Bons, P.D., Bauer, C.C., Bocherens, H., de Riese, T., Drucker, D.G., Francken, M., Menéndez, L., Uhl, A., van Milligen, B.P., Wißing, C. 2019. Out of Africa by spontaneous migration waves. PLOS ONE 14(4): e0201998. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201998. OPEN ACCESS

Bauer CC, Benazzi S, Darlas A, Harvati K. 2018. Geometric morphometric analysis and internal structure measurements of the Neanderthal lower fourth premolars from Kalamakia, Greece. Quaternary International 497, 14-21. doi:

Bons PD, Jansen D, Mundel F, Bauer CC, Binder T, Eisen O, Jessell MW, Llorens MG, Steinbach F, Steinhage D, Weikusat I: Converging flow and anisotropy cause large-scale folding in Greenland's ice sheet. Nature Communications 7, 11427 (2016). doi:10.1038/ncomms11427.

Bauer CC, Bons PD, Benazzi S, Harvati K: Technical Note: Using Elliptical Best Fits to Characterize Dental Shapes. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2015). DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22866.

Bauer, C.C., Harvati, K. A virtual reconstruction and comparative analysis of the KNM-ER 42700 cranium. Anthropologischer Anzeiger (2015).

Harvati, K., Bauer, C. C., Grine, F. E., Benazzi, S., Ackerman, R. R., van Niekerk, K. L., Henshilwood, C. S. 2015. A human deciduous molar from the Middle Stone Age (Howiesons Poort) of Klipdrift Shelter, South Africa, Journal of Human Evolution (2015),

Bauer C. C, Benazzi S., Harvati K. 2015. Geometric morphometric analysis
and internal structure measurements of Neanderthal and modern human lower second premolars. Poster presented at the AAPA 2015, St. Louis, USA.

C. C. Bauer, S. Degenhardt, C. Witzel, S. Flohr, P. Pfälzner, K. Harvati 2013: A Tale of Two Tombs: Cranial Synostosis Case Reports from Bronze-Age Syria. Poster presented at the AAPA 2013, Knoxville, USA.

Kandel, A.W., Bauer, C.C., Noback, M.L. & Singh, N. 2012. First Annual Meeting of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology 21: 167-168.

C. C. Bauer, P. Pfälzner, K. Harvati 2012: Craniosynostosis - A Case Report from Ancient Syria. Poster presented at the Quenstedt-Festivities, Department of Geosciences, University of Tuebingen, awarded 2nd best poster.

C. Fornai, S. Benazzi, C. C. Bauer, O. Kullmer, J. Svoboda, I. Pap, P. Bayle, K. Harvati, G. W. Weber: Investigation of 2D dental tissue proportions in deciduous first and second upper molars of modern humans and Neanderthals. Poster presented at the ESHE conference, Bordeaux, France.

S. Benazzi, K. Douka, C. Fornai, C. C. Bauer, O. Kullmer, J. Svoboda, I. Pap, F.Mallegni, P. Bayle, M. Coquerelle, S. Condemi, A. Ronchitelli, K. Harvati & G. W.Weber 2011. Early dispersal of modern humans in Europe and implications for Neanderthal behavior. Nature (2011) doi:10.1038/nature10617

C. C. Bauer, K. Harvati 2011: Bites and Bytes – Virtual Dental Tissue Segmentation. Poster presented at the StEvE meeting, Tübingen, Germany.

C. Fornai, C. C. Bauer, S. Benazzi, K. Harvati, G. W. Weber 2011: Enamel thickness and dental tissue proportions in modern human upper first deciduous molars. Poster presented at the ESHE conference, Leipzig, Germany.