Urgeschichte und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie

Jun. Prof. Cosimo Posth


Rümelinstrasse 19-23,
72070 Tübingen

Phone: +49 (0)7071 29-74089

E-mail: cosimo.posthspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de


Main research interests

  • Neanderthal evolutionary history
  • Population genomics of European hunter-gatherers
  • Central and South American genetic history
  • Human dispersals in Asia-Pacific
  • Genetic composition of European historical populations


  • Junior Professor of Archaeo- and Palaeogenetics, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (since April 2020)
  • Group Leader of ‘Human Paleogenomics’ at the Department of Archaeogenetics, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany (2019-2020).
  • Post-Doctoral researcher at the Department of Archaeogenetics, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany (2017-2019).
  • Doctoral dissertation in Archaeological Sciences, Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Germany (2013-2016). Thesis title: ‘Paleogenetic investigations of hominin diversity and dispersals in Eurasian prehistory’.
  • Master in Anthropological Sciences, University of Florence, Italy (2010-2012).
  • Bachelor in Natural Sciences, University of Florence, Italy (2006-2010).
  • Chemistry Diploma, T.I.S. Tullio Buzzi, Prato, Italy (2001-2006).

Ausgewählte Publikationen

  • Key, F. M., Posth, C., Esquivel-Gomez, L. R., et al. (2020) ‘Emergence of human-adapted Salmonella enterica is linked to the Neolithization process’, Nat Ecol Evol, 4(3), pp. 324-333.
  • Marcus, J. H.*, Posth, C.*, Ringbauer, H.*, et al. (2020) ‘Genetic history from the Middle Neolithic to present on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia’, Nat Commun, 11(1), pp. 939.
  • Feldman, M., Fernandez-Dominguez, E., Reynolds, L., Baird, D., Pearson, J., Hershkovitz, I., May, H., Goring-Morris, N., Benz, M., Gresky, J., Bianco, R. A., Fairbairn, A., Mustafaoglu, G., Stockhammer, P. W., Posth, C., Haak, W., Jeong, C. and Krause, J. (2019) ‘Late Pleistocene human genome suggests a local origin for the first farmers of central Anatolia’, Nat Commun, 10(1), pp. 1218.
  • Villalba-Mouco, V., van de Loosdrecht, M. S., Posth, C., et al. (2019) ‘Survival of Late Pleistocene Hunter-Gatherer Ancestry in the Iberian Peninsula’, Curr Biol, 29(7), pp. 1169-1177 e7.
  • Posth, C.*, Nakatsuka, N.*, Lazaridis, I., et al. (2018) ‘Reconstructing the Deep Population History of Central and South America’, Cell, 175(5), pp. 1185-1197 e22.
  • Amorim, C. E. G.*, Vai, S.*, Posth, C.*, et al. (2018) ‘Understanding 6th-century barbarian social organization and migration through paleogenomics’, Nat Commun, 9(1), pp. 3547.
  • van de Loosdrecht, M., Bouzouggar, A., Humphrey, L., Posth, C., et al. (2018) ‘Pleistocene North African genomes link Near Eastern and sub-Saharan African human populations’, Science, 360(6388), pp. 548-552.
  • Posth, C.*, Nagele, K.*, Colleran, H., et al. (2018) ‘Language continuity despite population replacement in Remote Oceania’, Nat Ecol Evol, 2, pp. 731-740.
  • Mathieson, I., Alpaslan-Roodenberg, S., Posth, C., et al. (2018) ‘The genomic history of southeastern Europe’, Nature, 555, pp. 197-203.
  • Key, F. M., Posth, C., Krause, J., Herbig, A. and Bos, K. I. (2017) ‘Mining Metagenomic Data Sets for Ancient DNA: Recommended Protocols for Authentication’, Trends in Genetics, 33(8), pp. 508-520.
  • Posth, C., Wissing, C., Kitagawa, K., et al. (2017) ‘Deeply divergent archaic mitochondrial genome provides lower time boundary for African gene flow into Neanderthals’, Nature Communications,
  • Skoglund, P., Posth, C., Sirak, K., et al. (2016) ‘Genomic insights into the peopling of the Southwest Pacific’, Nature, 538(7626), pp. 510-513.
  • Fu, Q. M., Posth, C.*, Hajdinjak*, et al. (2016) ‘The genetic history of Ice Age Europe’, Nature, 534(7606), pp. 200-205.
  • Posth, C., Renaud, G., Mittnik, A., et al. (2016) ‘Pleistocene Mitochondrial Genomes Suggest a Single Major Dispersal of Non-Africans and a Late Glacial Population Turnover in Europe’, Current Biology, 26(6), pp. 827-33.