Dr. Carolin Röding

Function: Postdoctoral Researcher

Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoecology, Paläoanthropologie
Rümelinstr. 23
D-72070 Tübingen

 Room 705,  Hauptgebäude, DG

 +49 (0)7071 29 74867

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Carolin Röding is a postdoctoral researcher in the FIRSTSTEPS project at the University of Tübingen.
While completing her bachelor’s degree in Biology she developed an interest in human evolution with a special emphasis on brain evolution. In her master thesis she continued to use the methodological toolkit of geometric morphometrics to answer questions about the cerebellar evolution in hominids. During the subsequent PhD her focus shifted slightly to virtual cranial reconstructions and adapting cutting edge methodology to the study of very fragmented hominin cranial and dental remains from the broader Mediterranean region. Further her research interests include hominin variation, the interaction between brain and braincase as well as cranial integration and modularity.


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Academic Trajectory

2022 - 2027
Postdoctoral Researcher

FIRSTSTEPS project, University of Tübingen

Ph.D. in Archaeological Sciences and Human Evolution

CROSSROADS project, University of Tübingen

2015 - 2017
MSc. In Archaeological Sciences

specialization in Paleoanthropology, University of Tübingen, Germany

External bachelor thesis

Dep. of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

2011 - 2015
BSc. in Biology

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany


Universitäts Bund at the Unversity of Tübingen for the travel costs to the EAA 2022
Universitäts Bund at the University of Tübingen for the conference fees of the EAA 2021
iNEAL Short-term scientific mission (STSM) grant for a research visit to Zagreb, Croatia (July 2021)
DAAD Kongressreisen Stipendium for the conference fees of the AAPA 2021

Selected Publications

In Prep

Röding, C., Lacruz, R., El-Zaatari, S., Stringer, C., and Harvati, K. (accepted). Mugharet el’Aliya: adapting the method of surface registration to the hominin fossil record.

Röding, C. & Giemsch, L. (accepted). The Early Iron Age elite burial from Frankfurt am Main, Stadtwald: a new cranial reconstruction and paleopathological reanalysis.


Röding, C., Stringer, C., Lacruz, R. S., & Harvati, K. (2023). Mugharet el'Aliya: Affinities of an enigmatic north African Aterian maxillary fragment. American Journal of Biological Anthropology180(2), 352-369. Doi: 10.1002/ajpa.24642


Röding, C., Zastrow, J., Scherf, H., Doukas, C., and Harvati, K. (2021). Crown outline analyses of the hominin upper third molar from the Megalopolis basin, Peloponnese, Greece. In Ancient Connections in Eurasia, ed. by H. Reyes-Centeno and K. Harvati, pp. 16-36. Tübingen: Kerns Verlag. Doi: 10.51315/9783935751377.001.


Harvati, K., Röding, C., Bosman, A. M., Karakostis, F. A., Grün, R., Stringer, C., Karkanas, P., Thompson, N. C., Koutoulidis, V., Moulopoulos, L. A., Gorgoulis, V. G., and Kouloukoussa, M. (2019). Apidima Cave fossils provide earliest evidence of Homo sapiens in Eurasia. Nature, 571(7766), 500-504. Doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1376-z.