Chris Baumann

Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie

Rümelinstr. 23

D-72070 Tübingen

Raum 711

Tel: +49 (0) 7071 29 76470

Mail: chris.baumann[at]uni-tuebingen.de

Fields of Interest

Curriculum Vitae

2017 -

PhD student at the University of Tübingen, Archaeological Sciences, Zooarchaeology, division under Prof. Dr. Nicholas Conard and Prof. Dr. Hervé Bocherens

2014 -2016

M.Sc. in Archaeological Sciences - Zooarchaeology, University of Tübingen, Germany

2011 - 2014

Self-employed taxidermist, specialized on bone preparation and mounting

2007 - 2011

B.A. in Prehistoric Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Jena, Germany

Teaching Experience

SS 2017

Seminar & lecture ” Betreuung von Sammlungen” , University Tübingen

SS 2016

Seminar & lecture ” Betreuung von Sammlungen” , University Tübingen

SS 2016

Seminar „Microfauna in archaeological context“, University of Tübingen

WS 2015/2016

Seminar „Experimentelle Archäologie: Lederbearbeitung mit Knochentools“, Universität Tübingen

SS 2015

Seminar ” Betreuung von Sammlungen” , University Tübingen

PhD-Project

Preliminary title:

“The human and medium-sized carnivore interaction during the Middle and Upper Paleolithic in the Swabian Jura”

In my PhD project, I will investigate the interactions between hominins and medium-size carnivores during the Middle and the Upper Paleolithic. During this time, the Neanderthals as well as the anatomic modern humans (AMH) occupied the Swabian Jura. Both hominin species interacted with their environment, which includes medium-sized carnivores. This interaction included the use of animals as food and as a raw material source by humans as well as the scavenging of human food waste by the animals. It is possible to get insights about hominin behavior in the large assemblage of faunal remains reflected in the stable isotopic composition of bone collagen. Medium-sized carnivores, as foxes were known as scavengers and lived near the hominins, therefore, they could provide hints about these interactions.
In my project, I will investigate how the hominins took benefit of the carnivores – but also, how the carnivores took benefit of the hominins. One major point will be the taming and commensalism of carnivores, especially of foxes and wolves.

Master Thesis

“The archaeology and paleoecology of red and arctic foxes during the Late Pleistocene in the Ach Valley of southwestern Germany”

My master’s thesis deals with a possible distinction between two fox species (red and arctic fox) from the archaeological layers of the Ach Valley by using metric analysis of the postcranial. Additionally, with this method I could estimate the sex of the fox remains. Both, the species as well as the sex determination helped to reconstruct the structure of the population of red and arctic foxes. Today, both foxes were competitors in the parts of the world where they lived together. During the Middle Paleolithic, the pre-LGM as well as the post-LGM, remains of both foxes were found at Hohle Fels and Geißenklösterle. This systematic coexistence suggests these two species had specific niche to avoid direct competition. To investigate these niches, my master’s thesis also deals with the reconstruction of the possible diet of both foxes by using carbon and nitrogen isotopes from collagen. In general, two main food strategies were used by each fox species: hunting small animals and scavenging. I verified both strategies by using the isotopic ratios of hares and large mammals as potentially prey. In addition, other predators were included to verify if the diet of some foxes was similar to these hunters what could reflected scavenging on their prey. In the hypothesis of scavenging primarily on carcasses produced by human activity, I calculated the food refuse of humans, which was available during the pre-LGM times and incorporated it into the isotopic food-web model.

Publications

Baumann, C. & Gornetzki, K. (2017): Postcranial differences in sex and species of pine marten (Martes martes L., 1758) and beech marten (Martes foina Erxl., 1777). Palaeodiversity 10, 7 – 23.