Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati-Papatheodorou

Function: Director Paleoanthropology


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

Office: Room 517, Hauptgebäude, 1. UG.

Fax: +49-(0)7071-29-5717

Consulting hours:
Wed. 14-17

Prof. Harvati is a paleoanthropologist specializing in Neanderthal evolution, modern human origins and the application of 3-D geometric morphometric and virtual anthropology methods to paleoanthropology.

Her broader research interests include primate and human evolution; evolutionary theory; evolution of primate and human life-history; the relationship of morphological variability to population history and the environment; and Paleolithic archaeology. She has conducted fieldwork in Europe and Africa, and recently directed paleoanthropological fieldwork in Greece and Tanzania.

Prof. Harvati has organized international symposia on Neanderthal evolution ("Neanderthals Revisited: New Approaches and Perspectives"), modern human origins ("Transition from archaic to modern: Quantitative approaches"), Paleoanthropology in the Balkans ("Paleoanthropology of the Southern Balkans") and the integration of diverse disciplines in the study of the human past ("Words, Bones, Genes, Tools Inaugural Symposium") (more about the conferences). Her edited volume of the articles presented at the "Neanderthals Revisited" conference was published by Springer Verlag in 2006.

Her research was named one of the top 10 scientific discoveries of the year 2007 by TIME magazine for demonstrating the African origin of all modern humans (link to the article). In 2010 she was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her contributions to Paleoanthropology (link to the site). She was awarded the prestigious Research Award of the state of Baden-Württemberg in 2014 (basic research).

Her work has been published in Nature, Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Evolutionary Anthropology, Journal of Human Evolution, American Journal of Physical Anthropology and other peer-reviewed international journals.

She currently directs the European Research Starting Grant Project ‘Paleoanthropology at the Gates of Europe’ (PaGE) and is the Principal Investigator (with Prof. Gerhard Jäger) of the DFG Centre for Advanced Studies ‘Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking linguistic, cultural and biological trajectories of the human past’.

In addition to her position at the University of Tübingen, Prof. Harvati also holds an adjunct Professorship of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center and is resource faculty for the New York Consortium of Evolutionary Primatology.